Photo: Illegal Mailer
A Republican running for Congress in Orange County California has been convicted of obstruction of justice when he told authorities he had no knowledge of a letter sent out in 2006 during the campaign. 14,000 letters were sent to Democrats with Latino surnames when Tan Nguyen was trying to unseat Democratic Rep Loretta Sanchez.
The letter, written in Spanish, said: “You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time.”
Immigrants who have become naturalized U.S. citizens are eligible to vote. Nguyen was sentenced this week to a year and a day in prison.
Sanchez beat Nguyen by nearly 24 percentage points to earn her sixth term representing the central Orange County district, which is home to sizable Latino and Vietnamese-American communities.