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    VA District 8, REPUBLICAN, Tom O'Donoghue for CONGRESS

    Tom O'Donoghue Illegal Immigration Stances Republican Candidate Campaign Congress US House

    Name of Candidate:
    Tom M. O’Donoghue
    Name of Campaign Committee:
    Tom O’Donoghue for Congress
    Mailing Address:
    PO Box 16414
    Alexandria, VA 22302
    Phone Contact Information:
    (703) 558-8282

    Campaign E-mail and website:
    tom@tomforcongress.org
    www.tomforcongress.org

    State and District:
    VA - 8
    Political Party:
    Republican
    Is the candidate (Incumbent, Challenger, Open Seat):
    Challenger
    Incumbents only: What is your career grade at www.betterimmigration.com ?

    Campaign Funds Raised as of most recent reporting cycle:
    $52,000 through October 18, 2006

    This form completed by (Candidate and Campaign Managers Only): Candidate

    Candidate Background Information

    Top Campaign Issues:
    Border Security and Enforcement of Immigration Laws
    Energy Independence
    Earmark Reform/Corruption
    Strategy for Iraq

    Education, Awards & Honors:

    EDUCATION
    U.S Military Academy, West Point – BS
    Boston University – MA International Relations
    Yale University – MBA
    Georgetown University - JD

    AWARDS
    Bronze Star (U.S. Army, Baghdad, Iraq 2003)

    Combat Action Badge (U.S. Army, Baghdad, Iraq 2003)

    Joint Meritorious Unit Award (U.S. Army-JCMOTF, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002)


    District Information

    Please give a brief description of your district:
    Northern Virginia including Arlington County, Alexandria City, Falls Church City,
    Reston in Fairfax County and the Eastern part of Fairfax County.

    Percentage of Democrat, Republican, and Unaffiliated Voters: No Party Registration
    in VA but recent history the district is between 60 and 65% Democrat.

    Survey Questions

    (Please describe your feelings on the following with a number 1-10 or with the
    response Undecided (1=Strongly Disagree, 2-4=Disagree, 5=Neutral, 6-9 Agree,
    10=Strongly Agree)

    I believe illegal immigration can be reversed if we enforce our existing laws? (1-10) 9

    As a member of Congress I will use the full force of my office to ensure the
    Executive Branch starts to enforce our existing immigration laws? (1-10) 10

    Illegal Immigrants should be deported when detected in the interior of the US? (1-10) 9

    Law abiding and legal American citizens should be required to accept biometric
    identification? (1-10) 1

    I believe that local and state police should assist with immigration enforcement?
    (1-10) 8 (Hopefully, the situation can be fixed quickly so this is not such a burden
    for local police)

    Federal taxpayer funding to groups that support illegal immigration like La Raza
    should be stopped. (1-10) 9

    I support "Comprehensive immigration reform" that would allow illegal aliens
    currently in the US to stay without fear of deportation as guest or temporary
    workers? (1-10) 1

    Illegal aliens should be allowed to leave the US and return quickly on a fast track
    as guest or temporary workers? (1-10) 2

    Illegal Immigrants should be allowed to attend state sponsored universities at in
    state tuition rates? (1-10) 1

    Employers that intentionally hire illegal aliens should be fined and or arrested
    depending on the severity. (1-10) 10

    English should be the national language of America. (1-10) 10

    I support the SPP Security and Prosperity Partnership and Agreements that combine
    the economies of America, Mexico, and Canada. (1-10) 2

    I believe the existing law that says aiding and abetting illegal aliens inside the
    US is a crime should be enforced? (1-10) 8 (Not to be used against humanitarian
    help, especially by churches, food kitchens and health clinics which are not
    furthering a crime and are just providing assistance to anyone in need and are not
    part of a larger conspiracy.)

    Banks should be allowed to continue giving taxpayer backed home mortgages to illegal
    aliens? (1-10) 1

    Executive Branch orders to US Border Patrol to only "Catch and Release" illegal
    aliens at the border and not to speak to the media or Members of Congress should be
    rescinded? (1-10) 10

    Congress should investigate why the Executive Branch of the United States is not
    enforcing our existing immigration laws, why all fines against employers had ceased
    by 2004, and why some actions of the Executive branch appear to be more in the
    interest of drug and human smugglers than the American public? (1-10) 10

    Short Answer

    Has your campaign addressed the topic of illegal immigration in speeches,
    commercials, ads, or campaign materials? What are those messages? (Please provide
    sources or examples)

    Campaign handout has the following as the top of three issues:

    BORDER SECURITY
    We must secure your borders while maintaining our nation’s tradition of welcoming
    legal immigrants. I support immediate measure to track, detect, and intercept
    those who breach our borders and break our laws, ensuring a safe and secure
    America.

    Below is my answer for NEWS Channel 8 and the candidate website they host.
    What should be done about the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in
    the US and the 1.6 million who try to cross the border every year? Should taxpayer
    dollars be used to provide services like employment centers, education, and
    medical care?
    “Illegal immigration strains our education, healthcare and law enforcement systems
    and is undermining the most generous legal immigration system in the world. After
    the attacks of September 11th, we can no longer allow people to literally walk
    into our country without knowing who they are or why they are here. The first step
    is to secure our borders to stop the massive influx. Securing our borders will
    require focus by members of congress. We need leaders who are committed to
    successfully securing our borders. My opponent considers it “impossible and
    immoral” to secure our borders and enforce our laws. I consider it imperative.
    We have heard the promises before but the borders remain unsecured. I will not
    allow this to happen again.

    When elected, I will ensure that our borders are secured. If I fail, I will
    provide a full accounting to the voters of Northern Virginia so they can decide if
    I deserve to continue to represent them. In addition to securing our borders, we
    must enforce our laws against employers who hire illegal workers with impunity.
    Finally, I do not support a blanket amnesty program because it would encourage
    more illegal immigrants to enter the U.S, encourage those already here to remain
    and is not fair to immigrants who have followed our laws.”



    What do you feel your opponent's stance on illegal immigration or immigration reform
    is or would be?

    My opponent, Jim Moran, has called attempts to secure the border and enforce our
    laws “immoral and impossible.” He attended the pro-illegal immigration rallies in
    D.C. as a guest speaker. He said that illegal immigration is not a problem for
    Northern Virginia because of our low unemployment. We actually need the workers.

    Dear e-News subscriber,
    At Tuesday's rally on the National Mall, I addressed an exuberant,
    American-flag-waving, Pledge-of-Allegiance-singing crowd filled with families who
    filed orderly to the stage on 7th Street . As peaceful a group as I have ever
    witnessed in such large numbers, the approximately 180,000 onlookers cheered
    speakers including Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Senator Edward Kennedy and Jaime
    Contreras, president of the National Capital Immigration Coalition. Their message
    to the world? "Si se puede" meaning "Yes, we can."

    The trigger for this outpouring of civil protest was a bill, H.R. 4437, sponsored by
    Representative Jim Sensenbrenner and passed by the House of Representatives. It
    essentially makes hardworking immigrants felons and punishes any person or
    organization that provides support of any kind to undocumented immigrants including
    food, shelter and education. As Senator Hilary Clinton has said, this bill would
    make Jesus Christ a felon.

    It is clear to most Americans that our immigration system is broken and needs
    major repair. The debate in Congress is essentially between a narrow and punitive
    "repair" that relies solely on fences and our criminal laws to fix the problem,
    and a more comprehensive "repair" that includes efforts to stem the tide of
    illegal immigration with a plan to give current undocumented immigrants permission
    to stay and an opportunity to earn citizenship.

    In my view, it would be impossible and immoral to spend hundreds of millions of
    dollars building fences and trying to track down and uproot 11 million plus
    people, most of whom contribute to our society and work to make our economy
    stronger. The comprehensive immigration reform bill being advanced by Senators
    Kennedy and McCain is a good bipartisan proposal that should serve as the model
    for whatever Congress enacts. It creates a guest worker visa program for future
    immigrants and, for today's undocumented immigrants, provides a route for them to
    earn citizenship.

    Tuesday's immigration rallies may go down as a seminal moment in U.S. history.
    The immigrant community and their supporters certainly have shifted the debate on
    a contentious issue in a way seldom seen in politics. The marchers' have reached
    their short term goal of capturing the public's attention. Securing lasting
    political respect and an understanding from the American people that immigrants
    are an integral part of the fabric of our society is the ultimate goal. They are
    making significant progress on that point as well.
    Yours truly,

    James P. Moran

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    Congressman Jim Moran
    2239 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Telephone: (202) 225-4376
    http://www.moran.house.gov




    Have you been endorsed by or received contributions from any other immigration
    reform or illegal immigration reduction groups at this time?
    Not to my knowledge. I have completed a fair number of surveys.


    Would you openly accept an endorsement and or contribution from ALIPAC?
    Yes.


    Please use the remainder of this space to share any further opinions on these
    issues. (optional)
    In a tough district during a tough year for Republicans, this is the one issue that
    has the ability to attract cross over voters who will likely vote for Jim Webb (D)
    over George Allen (R) by a margin of 65% to 35% in the 8th Congressional District.
    In Herndon, Virginia, a town that borders my district, the town councils support of
    a day laborer site caused every incumbent and the mayor who supported the building
    to be voted out of office last year. This is an issue most politicians don’t
    understand.
    My goal is to raise sufficient additional funds to target approximately 25,000
    households with direct mail comparing my position and statement with Jim Moran’s
    on the issue of illegal immigration, enforcement of immigration laws and border
    security.


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    Candidate Pledge

    I, Tom O’Donoghue, hereby pledge to stand with the American public to have the US
    Border secured and existing immigration laws enforced with the intention of reducing
    the number of illegal aliens entering and remaining in the US. I understand that the
    vast majority of Americans want the border secured, taxpayer benefits for illegal
    aliens ended, local police helping to enforce immigration laws, and employers that
    hire, aid, and abet illegal aliens to be charged.

    Furthermore, I will not support any trade agreement or Executive Branch treaty that
    compromises our ability to enforce our existing immigration laws and threatens US
    sovereignty.

    I will actively oppose any attempt to remove or replace the current laws that say
    illegal aliens are to be deported with a guest worker or temporary worker program
    that allows illegal aliens to stay or quickly return to the US.

    Signed,

    Tom O’Donoghue
    Candidate Name

    10/18/2006
    Date
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    Americans for LEGAL Immigration PAC Endorses Tom O'Donoghue for Congress

    October 26, 2006
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CONTACT:
    William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC)
    (866) 329-3999 or WilliamG@alipac.us

    Americans for Legal Immigration PAC is pleased to endorse Tom O'Donoghue¹s
    candidacy for Congress because he is willing to enforce our existing laws
    and support public calls for more enforcement.

    "There is actually very little division on the illegal immigration issue,"
    says William Gheen of ALIPAC. "The problem is that our existing immigration
    laws are not being enforced. We know that more than 4 out of 5 Americans want
    our borders secured and employers to be fined when they violate the law.
    Tom O'Donoghue will stand up for the American majority on this issue."

    The illegal immigration issue is now a part of campaigns in almost every
    state in America. Voters in many states list the issue as one of their top
    concerns. While many candidates vow they support Border Security and
    oppose amnesty, citizens are worried lawmakers will return to Congress and
    grant amnesty disguised as a new Guest Worker or Temporary Worker Program.

    The public has recently become aware that U.S. Border Patrol agents have
    been ordered to only "Catch and Release" and not to pursue illegal
    immigrants. All fines against employers for hiring illegal workers had
    ceased by 2004, and federal laws making it a felony to aid and abet
    illegal aliens go un-enforced.

    Tom O'Donoghue has made it clear he will oppose any Guest Worker amnesty
    and support measures to secure our borders and establish common sense
    immigration policy, including strict employer enforcement.

    Americans for Legal Immigration is a one of the largest national
    organizations fighting illegal immigration. ALIPAC's goal is to help
    voters cut through the campaign rhetoric to find out which candidates are true to
    the American public on this issue. ALIPAC is a multi-ethnic organization
    that enjoys the support of many LEGAL immigrants. Supporters are organized
    in all 50 states. For more information, please visit www.alipac.us

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