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NH GOP - Sanctuary Cities 

Yesterday, Senate Democrats led by Harry Reid voted to block legislation to crack down on sanctuary cities that shield known illegal immigrants with criminal histories.

As Harry Reid's handpicked candidate for United States Senate, it's no surprise that Maggie Hassan also has a history of blocking legislation to prevent sanctuary cities right here in New Hampshire. 

When illegal immigrants commit violent crimes in our country, they need to be arrested and immediately deported, yet Hassan voted against this and would allow sanctuary cities.

We need your help to continue to expose how extreme and out-of-touch Hassan's views are with New Hampshire’s commonsense values. 

​​Senator Kelly Ayotte, law enforcement, and victims' rights organizations support this important legislation, yet Hassan's record shows us she wouldn't have. Click here and chip in today to make sure she doesn't have that chance again. 

Thank you for your generous support of the New Hampshire Republican Party.



As A State Senator, Hassan Voted To Kill Commonsense Legislation That Would Have Blocked Sanctuary Cities In NH

Concord - This afternoon, Senate Democrats blocked legislation to crack down on sanctuary cities that shield known illegal immigrants with criminal histories. In 2008, then-state Senator Maggie Hassan voted to kill legislation that would have blocked any effort to promote sanctuary city policies in New Hampshire and protect illegal immigrants convicted of violent crimes.
As reported by CNN, "The subject gained national attention in July when 32-year-old Kate Steinle was murdered in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez had been deported five times and previously convicted of seven other felonies but was released by San Francisco authorities after drug charges were dropped. The release came despite a request form U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for Lopez-Sanchez to be detained."
The bill has been endorsed by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National Association of Police Organizations, and the National Sheriffs' Association, in addition to victims' rights organizations. 
"Governor Hassan has demonstrated that she is willing to put her political considerations ahead of public safety concerns by opposing legislation that would penalize sanctuary cities," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "When illegal immigrants commit violent crimes in our country, they need to be arrested and immediately deported. Local officials should not provide these convicted criminals with a safe haven by promoting sanctuary city policies that ignore federal laws. Governor Hassan's support for sanctuary cities shows how extreme and out-of-touch her views are with New Hampshire's commonsense values."
In 2008, then-state Senator Maggie Hassan voted to kill SB 353, a bill that "provides that the state of New Hampshire and its political subdivisions shall not serve as a sanctuary for illegal aliens and requires state and local law enforcement agencies to enforce immigration laws to the extent authorized by federal law." Full text of the bill can be found by clicking here


Executive Councilor David Wheeler Calls Nomination 'Disturbing'
"NH Dem Senate Candidate's Judicial Nominations Criticized"
Bill McMorris
October 16, 2015
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan tapped a public defender with a history of trying to get child rapists off on technicalities for a vacant judgeship.
Manchester public defender Dorothy Graham, whom Hassan nominated to the Superior Court, has twice attempted to reduce the sentences of child rapists on technicalities and, in one case, a "clerical error." She took those cases all the way to the New Hampshire Supreme Court with mixed success.
In 2011, she appealed the 2009 conviction of Hector Ortiz, who was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison for repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting his girlfriend's daughter.
"The pediatrician who examined the victim testified that he examined her 'to evaluate her for an allegation of sexual abuse.' The victim 'was about 10 years old' at the time. The pediatrician asked the victim if the defendant 'had put his penis inside her; she said yes.' He asked her 'if this had happened before, and she shyly said yes,'" the decision says.
She attempted to reduce his sentence to 10 years, citing a clerical error that led the judge to misread his punishment and also argued to waive the testimony of a retired detective. Graham did not dispute that Ortiz was guilty of the offenses. The Supreme Court affirmed the sentence and dismissed Graham's arguments.
Ortiz was not the only convicted child rapist Graham assisted.
She challenged a kidnapping charge against a man convicted of attempting to sexually assault a 7-year-old girl he lured away from her driveway. Daniel Casanova, then 37, was convicted in 2011 of attempted sexual assault and attempted kidnapping charges and was sentenced to between 10 and 20 years in prison.
Graham, then an assistant appellate defender in the Concord office, argued that it was unclear whether Casanova meant to "penetrate" or merely touch the child "for sexual gratification." The Supreme Court dismissed that claim, though agreed to dismiss the kidnapping charge by merging it into the sexual assault conviction. His sentence was not reduced.
Graham, who now serves as the managing attorney at the Manchester public defender's office, did not return request for comment.
Graham's history of defending child rapists caught the attention of Executive Council Republican member David Wheeler, one of five councilors responsible for approving judicial nominations. While he said he is sympathetic to the necessity of public defenders and that they do not get to pick and choose their clients, he saw Graham's pursuit of dismissals over "technicalities" as "disturbing.
"This is something that is very disturbing information and we need to look into it a bit further. The way I understand the facts is that this appeal was more of a minor technicality. If I was a defense attorney, my conscience wouldn't be able to handle that," Wheeler told the Washington Free Beacon. "The difference on [Graham's] case is whether the defendant's rights were violated in a serious way or whether it was really her trying to get a guilty person out of a penalty for his heinous crime."
Hassan nominated Graham and five other lower court judges and lawyers to important state posts on Oct. 6. She praised the public defender and her colleagues for their "experience, character and integrity."
"They have each demonstrated an unyielding commitment to public service and justice, while possessing the temperament and character needed to be an effective judge," she said in a press release.
Hassan's office did not return request for comment.
The nominations were vetted by a commission run by the New Hampshire Bar Association. Commission co-chairs Emily Rice and James Rosenberg did not respond to inquiries about whether the commission was aware of Graham's involvement in the child rape cases.
All judicial nominees must be approved by the 5 member New Hampshire Executive Council, which is made up of three Republicans and two Democrats.
Republican councilor Joseph Kenney said that they were caught off guard by Hassan's handling of judicial nominations. She gave the council no advanced notice of her choices, breaking from the traditional nomination process. Kenney said that the council has not yet been able to thoroughly vet the nominees, but will change that when Graham and her other potential appointees testify before the council on Monday.
"Quite frankly, we were caught off guard last Wednesday. We found out when she put forth a press release," Kenney told the Washington Free Beacon. "I would be inclined to slow down the process and review each applicant and give the public their due process to find out who these nominees are."
Neither of the two council Democrats returned requests for comment.
Graham will appear before the executive council on Monday. The council will issue its decision as soon as Wednesday.


Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding comments made by Senator Harry Reid disparaging New Hampshire's residents and first-in-the-nation presidential primary:
"As disgraced former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's handpicked candidate for the United States Senate, Governor Hassan should immediately denounce these harmful comments against New Hampshire's residents and first-in-the-nation presidential primary. New Hampshire's role as the first primary state is a bipartisan tradition and it is deeply troubling that the governor would rely on the financial backing of a Washington politician who openly advocates against it. Governor Hassan owes Granite Staters an explanation as to why she is counting on the political support of someone who insults her constituents and disparages New Hampshire's early state status. Since Harry Reid is clearly no fan of New Hampshire's political tradition, Governor Hassan should demand his political operation stop meddling in New Hampshire elections and refuse any future support for her United States Senate campaign."
In July, Politico reported that Harry Reid personally recruited Maggie Hassan to run for the United States Senate. Harry Reid's Senate Majority PAC has spent heavily in support of her United States Senate campaign, and just last week, Harry Reid's political arm, the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee, endorsed her for Senate.


Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding Governor Hassan's phony call for Senator Reid to apologize for his comments disparaging New Hampshire's residents and first-in-the-nation presidential primary:
"It is hypocritical for Governor Hassan to call for disgraced former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to apologize for smearing our first-in-the-nation primary while continuing to welcome his strong support for her United States Senate campaign. Senator Reid personally recruited Governor Hassan to abandon her current job to run for higher office, and his Senate Majority PAC has already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on dishonest ads on her behalf. The governor should immediately demand that Harry Reid remove his ads supporting her candidacy and tell his Washington political machine to stay out of our Senate race. The importance of New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary goes beyond politics, and Governor Hassan's continued reliance on his political support to advance her career says more than her transparent and politically-motivated call for an apology."
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