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CA17: Khanna’s endorsers & Honda’s border visit

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at 6:32 pm in 2014 general, Mike Honda, U.S. House.

With today’s 17th Congressional District news dominated by the candidates’ agreement on debate terms and Ro Khanna’s rally outside Rep. Mike Honda’s San Jose office, I didn’t have room in the story for Khanna’s latest endorsements and Honda’s run for the border.

Khanna is touting new endorsements from San Jose City Councilmen Pete Constant and Johnny Khamis; Santa Clara County School Board Trustee Grace Mah; Fremont Unified School Board Member Lily Mei; and former Fremont Vice Mayor and City Councilmember Steve Cho.

Constant, Khamis and Cho are Republicans, while Mah and Mei are registered without party affiliation.

“I’m very proud that my grassroots campaign is supported by so many leaders from different backgrounds and across the political spectrum,” Khanna said in a news release. “While my opponent has relied on national and special interest backing, our campaign has worked hard to gain the trust and respect of those who actually live and work in the 17th district. I look forward to taking this inclusive and accessible approach to Congress.”

Constant said Khanna “has had strong bipartisan support since he launched his campaign, and I’m proud to be part of that. Unfortunately, Mike Honda has never been interested in working across the aisle, which is a stark departure from the long tradition of pragmatic leadership in Silicon Valley. Given Ro’s common sense approach and his unique understanding of economic issues, I’m confident he’ll be an effective representative for our region.”

Meanwhile, Honda will be part of a bipartisan congressional delegation that tours the U.S.-Mexico border near McAllen, Tex., on Thursday and Friday.

“The recent surge of unaccompanied children coming across our border brought to the light the need for greater resources and understanding for our immigration and asylum processes,” Honda said in a news release. “This trip will help us learn more about what happens when someone comes to the border, how they are treated, and what both the US and Mexico need to improve the situation.”

Honda, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, said such knowledge will help him and his colleagues work with their peers and the White House to “better appropriate funds so they meet the specific needs of those who are working on the US/Mexico Border.”

Along with Honda, the delegation includes Phil Roe, R-Tenn.; Mark Takano, D-Riverside; Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Mo.; Dina Titus, D-Nev.; Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M. They’ll visit the Hidalgo International Bridge, the McAllen Border Patrol Station, and the Department of Health and Human Services BCFS Harlingen Children’s Facility. They’ll meet with the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, key U.S. border patrol and enforcement officials, and a Mexican government delegation.

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  • Willis James

    Per Honda—
    ““The recent surge of unaccompanied children coming across our border brought to the light the need for greater resources and understanding for our immigration and asylum processes,”
    “This trip will help us learn more about what happens when someone comes to the border, how they are treated, and what both the US and Mexico need to improve the situation.”

    Seems Honda’s entire focus in on how we can do more to improve the way undocumented people are handled when they illegally cross the border.
    No mention of ways in which the attraction of coming might be curtailed so that we wouldn’t have such a growing problem.

    BTW, as is often left out, over 70% of the “unaccompanied children” are in fact, young men, ages 15, 16, and 17, which in their home nations is legal working age. Its not like they came all this way to pursue a higher education.
    Within a year or two, they will be competing with lower income and lower skilled workers living in Honda’s district.
    I didn’t know there was a excess of lower skilled jobs in the district.
    Of course, these young men will confine their employment to “jobs Americans don’t want”. You know, carpenters, warehousemen, restaurant work, roofers, drywallers, landscaping. The list goes on.

    How many times has Honda expressed concern about his own local unemployed and underemployed lower skilled citizens in his district during this campaign?

  • Elwood

    Good grief, this blog is boooooooring! No posts for two days. Yawn.

  • JohnW

    I could post something about gun control. That always seems to be a crowd pleaser!

  • Willis James

    The shocking reality is that there are only 64 days until the election.
    While we few read here, and a few others read a very few articles in the newspapers, there is as yet, no disrupting event or issue in this Honda-Khanna race.
    The standard…not living in the district, not voting enough on issues, new supporters announced, and on and on are not and will not grab voters attention for weeks to come.
    Then they are often lost in the last 4 weeks of mailer inundation.

    Something better crack here, or Honda is gonna pick up the extra 5% he needs to slip by.
    Honda is going to employ the rope-a-dope strategy… just taking non-high-profile punches… not responding with much more than smiles and positive talk.

    Sure, we need a new leader with energy for the next 12 years, but average voters need a few cracks to get a grip on.

    I’m wondering, over the next 60 days, how many precinct walkers Khanna can muster.
    I’m thinking he needs 100+, each of whom is willing to walk 4 full precincts from Sept 25th to October 25th. That’s a lot of work.

  • Elwood

    Repeat after me:

    Congratulations on your re-election, Congressman Honda!