Van Tran the Duck

The following release came in this morning from the Loretta Sanchez campaign.

SANTA ANA, CA – During an interview on Univision’s “Al Punto” program, Assemblyman Van Tran repeatedly refused to answer host Jorge Ramos’ clear, yes-or-no questions regarding comprehensive immigration reform. Van Tran was asked three separate times whether he would support a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. Each time, he gave a waffling non-response to the question.

“Van Tran wants to represent Orange County families in Washington, but he can’t even give a clear answer to a straightforward policy question,” said Jessica Mejia, the campaign manager for Rep. Sanchez’s campaign. “Orange County families deserve a leader who can give direct answers to tough questions – especially something as critical and straightforward as immigration reform.”

Asm. Van Tran (photo: Wikipedia)

Perhaps Van Tran didn’t want to give a straight answer on immigration reform because of his record on the issue: 

  • In July 2010, Tran said that he opposed both amnesty for illegal immigrants and the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Arizona over the recently-passed law that required state and local police to check individuals’ legal status when they stop them for other reasons. (Orange County Register, Poll Shows U.S. Torn Over Arizona Law,” July 11, 2010)
  • In September 2007, Tran voted against allowing newly sworn-in citizens to register and vote on Election Day. (Roll Call votes on SB 382, September 4, 2007,
  • In July 2004, Tran was criticized for being willing to limit the number of immigrants who would have an opportunity such as Tran’s to leave an oppressive homeland. Tran said that immigration had a “tremendous” drain on the state.  (The Associated Press & Local Wire, “Orange County Candidate Blazes Trail for Vietnamese-Americans,” July 29, 2004)

Unlike Van Tran, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has a clear vision for how to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. As Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Sanchez has been an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform that would: strengthen and protect our air, land and maritime borders; create a fair system that would put non-criminal immigrants on a path to naturalization; reunite families that have been separated because of a lack of documents; and create a temporary worker program that would help fill critical jobs that Americans cannot perform. She has worked to stem the flow of drugs and weapons along the southwest border, as well as unwanted air entry caused by visa overstays. Furthermore, she has made it a priority to see that Customs and Border Patrol agents are trained vigorously and have the resources they need to secure our nation’s borders.

A transcript of Van Tran’s exchange with Jorge Ramos is available below:

Jorge Ramos (JR): Your district is really interesting about 15% of the population is Vietnamese, 69 % are Hispanics. Are you for immigration reform? In other words, would you support the legalization of 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country?

Van Tran (VT): You know, it’s interesting that we mentioned about the diversity of this district, because I share Jorge, so much in common with the Latino community in the 47 Congressional District in Central Orange County. The Vietnamese American community are very good neighbors with our Latino neighbors here in Orange County, and we are working very hard to make sure that our relations are good. In terms of the immigration policies, obviously it is a big issue right now in the United States, and I can tell you right now, to our viewers, to you as well, that I will work very hard to make sure that we have a policy that is going to address all the issues and the concerns from all the shareholders, the law enforcement community, the business community as well as the immigration community as well.

 JR: But the question is really simple and direct. Would you support the legalization of 11 million undocumented immigrants?

 VT: Well, we definitely have to address the issue, and we’re going to have to get everybody to come together in the same room, to make sure that their issues are addressed and also talked about.  Because right now Jorge, you know as well as…

JR: But I guess is just a yes or no Mr. Van Tran. I guess is simply a yes or no question.

VT: I don’t think is going to be that simple […]. What I’m trying to tell you, and I think your viewers also understand that is, that I understand as a former immigrant, as an immigrant myself, a first generation immigrant, that we’re gonna have to resolve this issue by coming together and stop talking about polemics, taking political positions and talking past each other. We need a humane and dignified policy for all parties concerned.

  12 comments for “Van Tran the Duck

  1. September 28, 2010 at 10:13 am

    11 million Illegal Aliens in the US is an old lie.

    “In April 2003, Georgia state Senator – and national board member of MALDEF – Sam Zamarripa told the Georgia state senate that there were 20 million illegals in the U.S. at the time”.

    20 million in April 2003, – it’s now September 2010, – do the math, Loretta.

    Pro-open borders or not everyone knows that “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” means amnesty. A delayed amnesty is still an amnesty.

    Loretta’s re-election strategy is to pander to the open border lobby and ‘same-day registration to vote’.

    We’ve all heard the traitor’s rhyme:
    “No Borders – NO NATION – No Deportation”

  2. September 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I like that you identified where this release came from, which you hadn’t been doing of late.

    I wish that Loretta would take Van up on his demands to debate, especially after her embarrassing gaffes the other day. I really think she could kick his ass on any issue, both of them speaking what’s become their main language, English.

    Come on Loretta, a debate is a Democratic thing. Don’t take refuge in “what’s done in Orange County” by pampered upper-class twits like Campbell, Royce and Calvert, who correctly estimate that familiarity with them breeds contempt. Coming out to debate Van Tran (and even Ceci) is where you win.

  3. Northcountystorm
    September 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Tran is a phony–now doing the olympic backstroke on his anti-Latino immigrant/helicopter on the border period.

    @ Mr. Lauten: Do you and your comrades who work the tables in front of post offices inform latinos of your position on immigration before you ask them for money?

    @ Mr. Nelson: Why should Loretta put herself in a 1 on 2 debate? Do you honestly think Ceci will do anything except attack Loretta?
    She shouldn’t even be dignified with a place. Loretta should debate Van Tran. He’ll probably panty hose out of it, demanding Ceci be invited.

    • September 28, 2010 at 9:42 pm

      I’m inviting Latinos to visit – click “Search” – enter “NAFTA” and then click the first entry which is below.

      LaRouche’s Historic Webcast Of June 16, 2005 LaRouche’s Historic …
      File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick View
      Under NAFTA, as LaRouche explains, the real ‘great sucking …… ating rise in the trade deficit since NAFTA’s enactment. During the fight against NAFTA, …

      Then scroll down to page 8, (Document page 8) (Page 9 on your computer)- view the picture – read the caption.

      “The face of globalization is genocide. Under globalization, ‘one of the most
      evil ideas ever conceived,’ Mexican labor—cheap labor, nearly slave labor—
      produces for the U.S. consumer market. Shown here, a maquiladora labor camp along the U.S.-Mexican border”.

      Then print the page then take the page to one of Loretta’s “Town Hall Meetings” and ask her why she would not cosponsor H. CON. Res. 22
      “Expressing the sense of Congress that the President should provide notice of withdrawal of the United States from the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)”.

      H. Con. Res. 22 was from the 110th Congress, 1st session.|/home/LegislativeData.php?n=BSS;c=110|

      Loretta is lying if she tells you that she is opposed to NAFTA. Loretta is lying if she says she didn’t know about H. Con. Res.22, because I handed her a copy of the resolution at two of her “Open House Meetings” in her District Office.

      Lyndon LaRouche’s solution to illegal immigration is to end globalism, withdrawal from NAFTA, and economic development for Mexico.
      The current LaRouche program is NAWAPA – North American Water and Power Alliance, which will deliver water to Mexico’s northern desert areas.

      Loretta? – Loretta Sanchez believes she is entitled to the Hispanic vote because she is Hispanic.

      • September 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm

        For those who haven’t been here in a while or don’t know — Lyndon LaRouche was convicted of and served prison time for mail fraud involving credit cards.

        If that man told me the sky is blue….I’d look up.

        • Howard be my name
          September 29, 2010 at 9:33 am

          If he claimed his mother loved him, I’d check it out.

      • Northcountystorm
        September 28, 2010 at 11:31 pm

        Mr. lauten–You didn’t answer the question–do you and your comrades working the tables in front of post offices inform latinos of your positions on immigration before you ask them for money? I know in the orwellian larouche world that a pavlovian response of “NAFTA” must come up when latinos are mentioned, but that wasn’t the question. Given your comment about amnesty I doubt Herr Larouche or any of the Lyndon Lilliputians are arguing for a pathway to citizenship for our immigrants who are already here and want to stay. You’re frauds and Mr. Spaulding is spot on for bringing up the man behind the curtains ethical challenges.

        • September 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm

          Geetings Northcountrystorm,
          If you want to know the position on immigration all one would have to do is click “Search” type “Immigration” click “Enter.”
          I did that for you and offer one of the search result articles below.
          “Obama Attacked As A “Cynical Divider”

          When LaRouche workers set up their tables they always have a sign that identifies the subject matter.Immigration, Amnesty, or Border Security is never the subject.

          One can’t have an intelligent discussion on illegal immigration without first understanding how NAFTA destroyed Mexico’s small farms. A major solution to the illegal immigration problem is economic development for Mexico. LaRouche offers NAWAPA . What’s your solution?
          Loretta’s solution is amnesty and a camera on the top of a pole at our southern border.

          A moral person would ask ‘What makes Latinos so desperate that they would risk their lives in the desert, – why is there no economic opportunity in in Mexico or Central America’?

          It’s the economy …

          • Northcountystorm
            September 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

            Thank you for admitting that when you set up the tables and beg for money from latinos that you don’t tell them about your positions on immigration, amnesty and border security. You’re taking their money without telling them what you really think about them and how you spit on their community.
            As for your links, here’s a flash–people aren’t going to go to your moonie-like propoganda sites with their hateful depictions of President Obama. I don’t think its possible to have an intelligent discussion on policy matters with people who conduct business like the Larouchies do.

            • September 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm

              How does granting amnesty or a path to citizenship help the people in Mexico?

              What good is amnesty when, (not if) the world financial system crashes into a ‘New Dark Age’?

              You’re the one that spits on Humanity, – everyone on this planet.

              LaRouche calls for a USA Glass-Steagall and then a global Glass-Steagall.

  4. Claudio Gallegos
    September 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Ceci Iglesias is nothing more than a Van Tran plant!

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