Friday, February 03, 2006

Senator Jason Atkinson on Lars Larson yesterday...

a loud message rings out from the dark, NO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION!


After his comments yesterday I came home to over 70 e-mails rushing through the blog sphere. I will also admit that I was very surprised with Jason Atkinson support about the guest worker program...

Emotions are running high right now because the people in the Atkinson blogger network are feeling like their champion has betrayed them.

While before we all jump ship and give Mannix and Sexton more ammunition that they need to try and sway the power of the blog, I believe that we need to clarify several things.

Matt Evans, campaign manager for Senator Atkinson responded to our query of Jason's position. [A copy of that letter to follow] Jason himself responded to an e-mail inquiry asking for a definite yes or no if you support illegal aliens. His response was one word. NO!

Personally, I believe him. At the moment, I do not have any reason to believe otherwise. However, I do feel that he is in the best interest for him and his supporters to accept another invitation to the Lars Larson show today and clarify his statement.

Going by the unwritten rule in business, "if one person says it, 10 others are thinking it." And if the amount of people in that were commenting in the e-mails and comments left on the other blogs in the Atkinson blog network, there are quite a few people who are greatly concerned.

Having met the senator twice, my belief in him still stands that he is a good candidate and a good honest man. I'm not going to comment about the integrity of the other two candidates running because to be honest I do not know much about them because until Jason Atkinson came along, I got burned out from the lies from politicians and just gave up.

NO TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION!
If the guest worker program gives amnesty to those that have broken the law, that I will not support it, and I will not support any candidate who supports it.

Just like the carousels of information that are cosponsored by the employees of the State of Oregon sent a clear message out that they support people breaking the law.

While the intent may be to support "refugees", the point is, these are not refugees. These are people who have illegally crossed the border to be here. They do not belong here! And we are bowing down and kissing their rear in because big corporation sees new sales and big profits resulting from cheap labor.

I'm going to get down off my soapbox now and present the letter that Matt sent out to the bloggers.

I think it’s important that the truth lead any discussion of this or any issue. Here’s the truth: Despite what some have said, the President’s plan does not provide amnesty for illegals currently in the country. In fact, it is Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) (who is not carrying the President’s plan), who wants to allow illegals currently in the country to apply as a guestworker. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) has a plan that would force illegals to return to their home countries before applying as a guestworker. The President is trying to broker a compromise between these competing plans but has said that he will not support a final plan that includes any kind of amnesty for individuals currently in this country illegally.

Let’s be clear on another point, if somehow the final federal plan does include the ability for a person currently in this nation illegally to stay here for any reason, as a guestworker or otherwise, Jason Atkinson will oppose that plan, and do so vocally. There should be no rewards for breaking the law.

If a federal plan similar to Sen. Chambliss’ can be implemented, and Jason Atkinson is elected Governor of Oregon, the results would be:

1) The borders would be closed and the flow of illegal aliens would slow dramatically and maybe entirely.

2) Federal and state agents would check employers to ensure that all their employees are legally in the country. They would either have to have proof of citizenship or proof of guestworker status or have other legal immigration status.

3) Illegal workers currently in Oregon would lose their jobs as their employers would face heavy penalties and stepped-up federal and state enforcement.

4) Illegal aliens would lose their ability to gain state-funded benefits (unemployment, health care, welfare, etc).

5) Illegal aliens would lose their ability to obtain an Oregon Driver’s license.

6) Illegal aliens would lose their ability to vote.

7) Illegal aliens would have little choice but to return to their home country as they would be unemployable and could not receive any government assistance.


I trust this clears the decks on this issue. We would appreciate everyone clarifying this for their audience, in particular noting the truth that neither the President nor Jason Atkinson supports amnesty for those currently in this country illegally.

Matt Evans
Campaign Manager


10 Comments:

Anonymous Bob H. said...

Robin, do you know where and when the carosel is to be held in Eugene? I would like to go and protest the event and I live in Eugene.Bob H.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

The Eugene protest of the "Carousel De Informacion" or Matricula Card ID giveaway by the Mexican Consulate for Illegal Aliens and subsequent Tax Payer Handouts, has been moved to Saturday, February 11th (one week later than original date).

I don't know the location as of yet

3:21 PM  
Blogger TandT1991 said...

very good post I would like a copy of the letter from Matt do you know where I can get one to put on capitol3 republican blog???
Thanx
Gods blessings
Tammy and Anthony Brotton
Atkinson for Governor 2006

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well Senator Jason Atkinson would have been a Good Governor But I believe people backed out on him over immigration and we got stuck with Governor TED K after the primary and Jason only got 23 percent of the vote
more people should have voted for Republican Ron Saxton but they didn't and we got Stuck with Governor TED k
because ben westlund and mary starret took votes away form Ron Saxton.

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