Yesterday I published a mass email sent by Ron Conway, in which the angel investor asked portfolio CEOs to tell their employees how to vote in SF’s upcoming municipal election.
The email was fascinating but still left plenty of unanswered questions, not least because Conway didn’t explain why he wanted his tens of thousands of portfolio employees to vote a particular way. Also unclear was whether Conway appreciated the implications of a wealthy investor attempting to sway a city ballot using his network of investments.
Then, late yesterday afternoon, I received a response from Alex Tourk, previously a staffer for ex-mayor Gavin Newsom, and now Conway’s “political advisor”.
Tourk told me:
Ron is exercising his constitutional right – even responsibility – to participate in the political process of his hometown and have opinions about candidates and issues on the ballot. It’s no different from any other CEO or union or high profile individual making endorsements…
Today’s failure by the United States Senate to move forward the bill that punishes sanctuary cities and violent illegal aliens is an undeniable case of Democratic voting majority protection. Their refusal to protect American citizens is an example of the party’s interests superseding the country’s interests.
The vote, which garnered 54 of the required 60 to be able to push it forward, was labeled as “the Donald Trump Act” by Senators who want to demonize anything that could lead to smart legislation about immigration. It’s important to keep this in mind because the details of the bill itself would not have hurt their cause of bringing in as many left-leaning immigrants as possible. It would have opened the door ever so slightly to additional legislation and that’s a risk they weren’t willing to take.
This is “common sense legislation,” a phrase that the left often uses when discussing gun legislation. The difference is that their version of common sense legislation, such as the legislation that was passed following the Sandy Hook shooting, doesn’t really make a lot of sense. Had the laws passed in Connecticut been in place before the shooting, they would have done nothing to stop the tragedy from happening.
The same cannot be said about “Kate’s Law,” a provision in the bill that would have created mandatory five year prison sentences for anyone reentering the United States if they were previously convicted of illegal reentry or of an aggravated felony. Kate Steinle, who was killed by an illegal immigrant that fell into this category, would still be alive if this legislation had been passed before. That’s common sense legislation, but Steinle’s death and the crimes perpetrated in sanctuary cities and elsewhere in the country by illegal immigrants will never move Democrats to act.
“A vote ‘no’ is to say the next time, the next murderer like Kate Steinle’s murderer comes in, we should not enforce the laws, we shouldn’t have a mandatory five-year prison sentence, instead we should continue sanctuary cities that welcome and embrace them, until perhaps it is our family members that lose their lives,” Senator Ted Cruz said.
To Democrats, people like Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez must be protected at all costs.
They’re trying to build a perpetual majority. They realize that the more immigrants they can bring in and legalize, the more loopholes they can create, the easier it will be for them to win back a majority in the Congress and keep a Democrat in the White House. In essence, they consider the victims of illegal immigrants to be acceptable collateral damage for the greater good of progressive causes.
It’s time for the country to enact laws that will protect American citizens. There are ways to properly handle immigration and to expand prosperity of everyone in the country, but blocking common sense legislation that punishes criminals is driven by political motivations that should be disgusting to any law-abiding American including (perhaps especially) legal immigrants.