Photo: Jaime Contreras, area director for Service Employees International Union, welcomes people gathered at CASA of Virginia as they prepare to knock on doors to mobilize the immigrant vote for Hillary Clinton, in Woodbridge, Va. (Allison Shelley/For The Washington Post)
Illegal immigrants may not be allowed to vote, but they are increasingly becoming involved in U.S. politics, seeking to influence the elections.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has accused the Russians of trying to influence elections in the United States, even as her campaign has launched a massive effort to recruit Latino voters by mobilizing illegal immigrants to campaign for her.
In August, Clinton’s campaign dubbed their new Latino outreach program, “Mi Sueño, Tu Voto” (“My Dream, Your Vote”), using the “Dreamers” to recruit voters.
Now illegal immigrants are canvassing neighborhoods in multiple states, on behalf of Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates.
Some of the door-knockers are part of the 750,000 recipients of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which gave them temporary legal status if they were brought to the U.S. as a child. Concerned that their illegal family members may be deported under a President Trump, they are seeking to influence the election in favor of Clinton, as she has promised to give amnesty within her first 100 days.
The immigrant advocacy group, CASA In Action, is out in full force targeting voters in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Similar campaigns are underway in Arizona and other battleground states, reports the Washington Post.
Prince William County, Virginia is one of their targets, an area where many immigrants live but where Trump has significant support.
The “My Dream, Your Vote” group is also recruiting voters for Hillary in several states, including North Carolina, Nevada and Florida.
The illegals are going after senate races as well, seeking Hispanic voters to help oust Republican candidates.
One door-knocker is Nayely Lopez, 29, who came to Virginia from Mexico when she was 13. Lopez got a job answering phones inside a tax preparer’s office in Fredericksburg, and worked her way up through several promotions, finally opening her own tax preparation office after she received protected status through DACA in 2012.
The Washington Post reported that all voters weren’t succumbing to the pitch. In Herndon, Pat Blizard, 78, told Lopez she’d already voted for Trump with an absentee ballot, and said she was frustrated with all the Spanish-speaking people who have moved into the area.
“I’m originally from Spain. My father never let us speak Spanish. He said, ‘You live here.’”
She was one Trump supporter who couldn’t be swayed.
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