From the Washington Post,
Sully District. The departing six-term incumbent, Republican Michael R. Frey, has been a constructive consensus-builder. The Republican vying to succeed him, John P. Guevara, a technology consultant, is cut from different cloth: He has ranted against advocates who would put illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship — though his parents, originally illegal immigrants, eventually became citizens — and suggested that the federal government regards conservatives as terrorists.
This is so wrong and so unfair. John Guevara’s parents came to this country legally, with a VISA. Before their VISA expired they fell under Reagan’s amnesty plan, Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Guevara explained all of this in an article in the Fairfax Free Citizen. John Guevara’s parents were NEVER in this country illegally. Shame on the Washington Post for this outrageous lie.
John Guevara has asked the Washington Post to retract their lie and apologize.
CHANTILLY, VA – Today the John Guevara for Supervisor campaign demanded a retraction and apology from Lee Hockstader and the Washington Post for a vicious attack on John’s parents calling them “illegal immigrants” when they came to the United States legally. The attack on John and his parents also attribute positions to Guevara on immigration that are flat out lies.
“I am a first time candidate so this came as a shock to me that a newspaper would just flat out lie about your positions and attack your parents. But I am learning quickly that the disdain for the Washington Post in many circles is well deserved,” said Guevara. “That is why I have sent a letter to the Washington Post demanding an immediate retraction and apology to me, my family, our campaign and supporters.”
In an article produced by the Editorial Board and fueled by questionable journalist Lee Hockstader’s shoddy research, the Washington Post’s vicious attack asserts that because John’s parent’s immigrated from Mexico, that they did so illegally. They were in fact legal immigrants.
Because Guevara is doing so well in this campaign, the Washington Post is attacking him with lies to help their chosen Democrat candidate, Kathy Smith. We’ve seen the Post do similar things in the past in their efforts to help elect Democrats.
“What we’re seeing is a hit piece to aid our opponent’s campaign,” said Campaign Manager Sean McCort. “This atrocious attack is no doubt a reaction to John’s status as the front runner in this race. Having won the key competitive endorsements in this race from the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce’s NOVABizPAC, The Virginia Police Benevolent Association, and The League of Conservation Voters; Latinos con McAuliffe Steering Committee Member Carlos Castro, Supervisor Michael Frey, Delegates Tim Hugo and Jim LeMunyon (all of whom represent Sully District) show John is clearly a candidate cut from a different cloth and the clear favorite of voters in Sully District.”
The yellow journalism also misrepresented Guevara’s position on immigration in an attempt to embroil Sully District’s front runner in the hotly contested 2016 Presidential election. Guevara’s actual position on immigration calls for enforcing our laws and compassionately managing the consequences for individuals who enter the United States illegally. Guevara’s full position can be found here.
Earlier today the Chairman of Fairfax County Republican Committee, Matt Ames, issued the following statement:
On Saturday, The Washington Post published a vicious and false attack on Sully Supervisor candidate John Guevara’s parents, and made a false statement regarding John’s views on immigration. The Guevara campaign has rightly demanded a retraction.
Sully voters must act: Vote for John Guevara — and tell your neighbors to get out and vote as well. The only way to stop the politics of personal destruction is to beat the other side.
All Fairfax voters must act: The media makes these scurrilous attacks because in their hearts they want to live in a one-party state. Let’s show them that the two-party system is alive in Fairfax County.
John Guevara is one of the finest candidates the Republican party has ever had. We are so fortunate having him represent us in Sully district. We need to give him our full support and all the time we have to help him win this important election. John will make us proud on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Please help elect this fine man to office.
The RPV has highlighted John Guevara as one of their “Faces of the GOP” here. Well deserved! John is the face of the future of our party! A great candidate with a great story!
The Washington Post is an arm of the Democrat Party. They don’t even try to hide it.
The Dem site Blue Virgnia claims to have comments made previously by Guevara allegedly stating the status of his parents.
Let Blue Virginia prove it. I have linked to what John Guevara has said about his parents. They were never illegal.
“Unlike a VAST majority of Hispanics who are here illegally today, my parents were productive, law-abiding, and tax-paying residents.”
Hate to say this, but it’s pretty clear he’s saying: “My parents were illegal immigrants, but they weren’t the bad kind like we have today.”
If that’s not true, then he made a mistake with his phrasing.
No. It sounds to me like he is saying his parents were not here illegally. See the “law-abiding” part of that statement? Law-abiding means legal.
If I said, “Unlike the vast majority of Irish Catholics today, my parents had four children,” would you think my parents were Jews from Israel?
Your comparison is nonsensical and invalid.
The Post is trying to attack Guevara’s position on immigration by claiming he is a hypocrite because his parents were illegal immigrants. Guevara is denying the accusation and the Post has no proof of their claim. That is hack journalism at its worst.
You can’t say, “Yes, my parents were direct benefactors of the Reagan Amnesty,” and “unlike a vast majority of Hispanics who are here illegally today, my parents…” and then get upset when someone thinks your parents were illegal immigrants — since amnesty for illegal immigration only applied to illegal immigrants.
Personally, I don’t see why it matters. If they were illegal immigrants, I don’t think anyone would or should view John negatively for it. If they weren’t, then I think John should have communicated better.
That is not true. His parents were NEVER in this country illegally. Under Reagan’s bill they were allowed to remain in the country after their VISA expired. Their VISA was in effect up until that time. Without Reagan’s bill they would have returned to their home country when their VISA expired. What makes this so difficult for you? John has communicated the circumstances over and over and no one else has had a problem understanding that his parents were NEVER illegal immigrants, except for you and the Washington Post.
Let me get this straight. You’re telling me his parents were here on a sixteen year visa, were saved from having their sixteen year visa expire based on a law whose text says nothing about changing the status of current visa holders at the time, and there’s no way a reasonable person could misinterpret what John said about his parents.
I have no idea how long their VISA was for. I know that his parents were never here illegally.
One my ask, why is all of this of such vital importance to you? Are you a Democrat supporter of Kathy Smith?
I’m glad you’re sure. To some of us, it’s a little less obvious.
I don’t know anything about Kathy Smith and couldn’t care less about this race, my only interest here is the absurdity of the situation. As for being a Democrat, I’ve knocked 2,000 doors for Republicans in the last month.
That’d make me a pretty awful Republican, wouldn’t it?
Jeanine, you may recall that I practice immigration law. It doesn’t matter to me one bit whether John’s parents were legal or illegal. But I’m not sure how a family can be here for over a decade as legal immigrants and still benefit from the Reagan amnesty. Nonimmigrant visas typically don’t last that long (even with extensions). Has he told you what type of legal status they had?
I didn’t think you were allowed to say “illegal alien” in the Post anymore.
I too was surprised they used those words.
At the Post their Bearings are Adrift , no consistant navigation. Truly not ones to follow , they will lead you in circles.
Very true. The Post should retract the article.