The appointment of Shaun Kenney as executive director of RPV answers that question. Kenney is a long time supporter of illegal immigration and still a supporter as recently as two months ago. He vigorously opposed Corey Stewart’s attempts to enforce laws against illegal immigration when a large majority in Prince William County supported Stewart and enforcement of anti-immigration laws. Stewart referred to the enforcement of the laws as the Virginia Rule of Law. Shaun Kenney has referred to citizens who believe in enforcement of our immigration laws as ‘nativists’ and he believes those ‘nativists’ are dead wrong. In addition to not supporting the laws of our country, Kenney doesn’t seem to understand the economics of his ideas. Illegal immigrants lower wages for citizens across the county and thrust more Americans into poverty. Citizens on the bottom of the economic ladder are more severely effected by illegal immigration than any other group.
Yesterday the group ‘Fast for Families Across America’ arrived in Richmond. They will fast for 4 days in Monroe Park in an effort to put pressure on Congressman Eric Cantor to use his influence in Congress to pass “immigration reform”.
“What some thought would end with a few days of fasting last year on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. has become a full-fledged national movement to highlight the sacrifices aspiring Americans make everyday in service to this country,” said Virginia’s own Rev. Tony Suarez of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. “They set out on a pilgrimage. And today, they have reached the promise land of dreams. Our community joins them in calling on Congressman Cantor and the Virginia congressional delegation to make the dreams of our immigrant brethren a reality.”
“We have travelled more than 14,000 miles, to over 60 Congressional Districts in more than 30 states, and at every stop, we hear the stories of families who are torn apart, about children left behind when their parents are sent back to their country of origin, about sons and daughters whose parents passed away without being able to say goodbye,” said SEIU’s former Secretary-Treasurer and “Fast for Families” leader Eliseo Medina. “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has the power to change the lives of our community and the history of our country; it’s time he leads his colleagues in the House to move immigration reform to a vote.”
In addition to SEIU’s Medina and NHCLC Suarez, fasters were joined by Virginia Organizing’s Ray Scher; Virginia State Delegate Delores McQuinn; Sojourners’ President Jim Wallis and Senior Director of Mobilizing Lisa Sharon Harper; the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s CEO Michel Sajur; RVA Dreamer Yanet Limon; and Virginia constituents and families who’ve been impacted by the country’s broken immigration system.”
Yesterday Shaun Kenney, the new director of the Republican Party of Virginia met with this group to share the party’s views on illegal immigration. Watched what happened here.
We now know where RPV will stand on any vote on illegal immigration.
More here, here and here. More on the group that Kenney is lecturing to here.
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Remember that the idea of a shortage of high-tech workers is a MYTH. The largest engineering group IEEE admits that the USA is graduating about twice as many Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professionals as there are jobs available for them.
Do not confuse an engineering degree with a degree in applied math or biology. Engineers get jobs, those who graduate from colleges of arts and sciences are much less in demand because many of them can’t actually DO anything. If engineers weren’t in demand, and it was easy to fill their positions, they wouldn’t command the salaries that they do. It’s all about supply and demand. Our public school math programs are appalling. They do not prepare students to do higher level math that is required to be an engineer. Engineers in this country know that importing engineers from other countries suppresses their salaries. They would be in even great demand if not for H1 visas. ALL immigration suppresses wages for our citizens. Again, it’s a matter of supply and demand.
Slight quibble. It’s a fraud, not a myth. Deliberately engineered and been going on for well over a decade. Something like a million American IT workers have left the field because of the flood of foreigners driving down wages and working conditions. This is one major reason why it’s hard to find a good tech person who isn’t a rather hardcore libertarian.
This made my head explode !!!!
The financial incentives in our economy say go to Wall Street or law school and rip people off for a living.
sad ….but so very true….
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After listening to this twit, I don’t see how I can remain a Republican. These folks are never going to vote for us. Moral and just for whom? Not for the citizens of our country. No one will miss me, but I am not the only one who thinks this way.
You are far from the only one who thinks this way. I too want a new party as this one isn’t representing me.
One more point on Executive Director Shaun Kenney’s first days in his new position. Much was made by Kenney and Pat Mullins of the $25,000 donation made by Ken Cuccinelli to RPV on Kenney’s first day on the job. They attributed it to Kenney’s amazing ability to fundraise, the primary responsibility of the Executive Director. The truth lies elsewhere. Ken Cuccinelli made that clear on his Facebook page:
“” A couple of follow up points: 1) My donation is b/c I think RPV needs and deserves my support. Many people lump all Republican groups (e.g., RPV and RNC and RCCC, etc.) together, and that’s not accurate. If you’re upset with RNC, don’t take it out on RPV. 2) It was a pure coincidence that I donated the day a new Exec. Dir. was hired. My donation has nothing to do with that. Nothing. The leadership at RPV that I appreciate comes from Pat Mullins and the State Central Committee. I think it’s one of the best combinations of Chairman and SCC members that I can ever remember. I hope you all will donate too.””
Emphasis is mine.
Greg L. posts more on the story here, http://www.bvbl.net/index.php/2014/04/05/to-whom-does-rpv-now-pander/
I don’t agree with Shaun’s stance on immigration, but I applaud Shaun for having this conversation. It’s never a bad idea to talk, and to treat people on the other side of an issue with respect. And I agree with everything he said in the video.
Shaun’s personal stances expressed on Facebook and on his blog prior to his appointment as Executive Director do not necessarily reflect RPV views in every instance. Immigration is one of those areas where I think Shaun disagrees with most of the people on the State Central Committee. So, be careful not to assume that you “know where RPV will stand on any vote on illegal immigration” because of this or anything Shaun may have said in the past. Shaun is only having a conversation here, and did not push any policy stance.
Shaun Kenney, the pandering, unctuous pietist conducting this condescending seance as if he is laird of the manor with his assembled serfs is utterly nauseating to watch. First of all, its hardly as you call it, a “conversation.” He’s doing none of the listening. He’s lecturing the “others.” He hardly recognizes their presence. He’s in his pulpit of moral superiority, preaching to his inferiors.
And who does the new executive director of the VRP quote? Is it Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Patrick Henry? Nope. The only quote that pops into his politics addled brain is Emmanuel Levinas, a French Existentialist. Levinas was a serious thinker, but come on!
These poor illegal immigrants were trying to make a point about their political aspirations and they got a sermon from an intellectual heir of Martin Heidegger. The glazed over looks on their faces says it all. The best that can be said of Kenney is that this You Tube video provides a great audition for a job at La Raza or MALDEF. They could hardly do better than Kenney – a self important, pompous ass who thinks he’s the reincarnation of Emma Lazarus.
Other than ethno-centric radical leftists and the crony class who are addicted to cheap indentured servitude to pad their profit margins, who exactly is Shaun Kenney appealing to? Conservatives? Patriots? US citizens who believe in the rule of law? Potential voters in Republican primaries?
Whoever appointed this brazen open borders zealot better rethink their choice in a hurry, before the VRP implodes completely.
GREAT comment! Thank you for posting it. I have asked many of the same questions, to whom does Shaun Kenney think he is appealing? Certainly not African Americans who have suffered the most from lower wages due to illegal immigration. Is Shaun Kenney at all familiar with economics and what the influx of illegals has done to our economy and hurting the most vulnerable by suppressing their wages? It is hardly charitable to want to open the borders when it brings so much harm to American citizens and their families.
Respect? More like fawning adoration.
“Shaun is only having a conversation here…”
Steve — It’s more than that. I could excuse Shaun’s groveling and encounter group lingo if he hadn’t seemed to denigrate his own base at the same time by implying that some of them are motivated primarily by a fear of “the other.”
It’s going to be difficult for all elements of the Republican coalition to unite if parts of it ingratiates itself to outsiders by starting off with “I’m not with those people I came in with.”
Shaun needs to issue an apology, and fast.
Everything in that video is scripted, a charade staged for propaganda purposes (note the guy holding up the sign for the camera through the whole thing).
I hope this obvious insult to the intelligence of Virginia Republicans is an anomaly and not a harbinger of what to expect from RPV “leadership” in the days to come.
I’m still in “benefit of the doubt” mode but this is not a good sign.
Follow the money. What’s good for business is what’s good for the GOP-insider machine. Damn the consequences.
Conservatives, patriots and potential donors to the Republican Party of Virginia should have nothing to do with this nest of exploiters of cheap foreign labor. They are undermining the rule of law, the sovereignty of our country and the livelihoods of Virginians.
Shuan Kenney’s resignation would be a start. But this mediocrity mouthing decades old worn out Leftist platitudes about “the other” would not have been rewarded with this plum job if he didn’t accurately represent the true attitudes of the leadership of the RPV. Kenney is no more nor less than an obedient altar boy to Eric Cantor and Ed Gillespie. The RPV is dominated by progressive members in good standing of the multi-national Crony Class. They need to be rooted out one by one, starting with the ignominious defeat of RINO in chief Eric Cantor in the June 10th Republican Primary election.
Oh please shove it Teatolitarian. We establishment RINOs are knocking out EVERY one of your candidates and now targeting your incumbents. Cantor is going to win EASY. It’s over Teabaggers. Just give up. Close your orgs, shut your mouths, and just vote Republican. Nobody honestly cares what you have to say. Otherwise, Ron Paul’s LIBertarians could use some supporters. Sort of like that moron Paulbot Morton Blackwell.