Vasquez, the former Republican Canyon County commissioner who ran for Congress in 2006 and pressed a failed immigration lawsuit that cost taxpayers over $60,000, is speaking on "The Immigration Challenge: Facing Facts & Taking Action."
Admission is free for 10 a.m. event in the auditorium at Payette High School. The sponsor is Payette & Washington County Tea Party Patriots.
Vasquez made his name in politics by bashing establishment Republicans over illegal immigration, including former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, Sen. Mike Crapo, Rep. Mike Simpson and former Rep. and now-Gov. Butch Otter.
"I am accusing Larry Craig, Mike Crapo, Butch Otter and Mike Simpson of collaborating with the unarmed enemy invading America," Vasquez said in 2003. "All for a vote to stay in office."
Vasquez finished second in the six-way 2006 GOP primary for 1st District Congress, behind Bill Sali, who went on to serve one U.S. term. Vasquez was elected to the county commission in 2002, but fell out of favor with the GOP, failing to be one of three names nominated to fill an Idaho House vacancy in 2007. He briefly ran for U.S. Senate in 2008 and dropped out of a primary contest against former GOP state Sen. John McGee in 2010.
Vasquez pressed a federal lawsuit attempting to apply the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to the immigration issue. Canyon County sued four agribusinesses alleging they knowingly hired illegal immigrants who cost the county millions in indigent medical costs and legal fees. The lawsuit was rejected by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Vasquez also made news saying students at the University of Idaho Law School were illegally representing people facing deportation and other immigration proceedings.
An email promoting Saturday's talk elaborates on the topic:
Should Americans be concerned about immigration & illegal aliens?
Is the immigration system in America 'broken'?
What are the immigration laws? Are the laws being enforced?
How does immigration impact: Jobs? Healthcare? Education? Welfare? Law Enforcement?
Where do your elected officials stand? What can 'We The People' do?
The Immigration Challenge provides an eye opening look at immigration with the answers to these questions and more with factual information from The Heritage Foundation, Center for Immigration Studies, Department of Homeland Security, NumbersUSA & other organizations. U.S., State, & County elected officials have been invited to attend & participate in the Q & A session to follow.
Sponsored by the Payette & Washington County Tea Party Patriots
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