Local conservative activist under cloud

U.S. residency status unclear for former leader of Americans for Prosperity chapter

KELLY SLOAN—A Canadian citizen; family is on food stamps, wife claims



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KELLY SLOAN—A Canadian citizen; family is on food stamps, wife claims

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WHAT IS AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY?

The Arlington, Va.-based political advocacy group is a conservative, nonprofit organization that promotes smaller government and free markets. It was co-founded by billionaire David Koch. According to AFP’s website, the group has 34 state chapters and affiliates and more than 90,000 individual donors



The man who has been the Mesa County director of Americans for Prosperity since 2009 is Canadian, has benefited from government-issued food stamps and has an undetermined residency status.

That’s ironic even to Kelly Sloan, the Grand Junction resident who, until recently, wrote a newspaper column touting the group’s ideals of smaller government and legal immigration, and its opposition to such government programs as food stamps.

But Sloan, who was replaced as the group’s local director earlier this month, said he’s always made it clear that he’s here legally, has never tried to vote in local elections and has never been paid by any political candidate or campaign, even though he has often volunteered for conservative causes and politicians, such as acting as campaign treasurer for Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction.

“Yeah, I’m Canadian, that’s one of the reasons I’m doing this,” Sloan said. “I came here for the same reason that immigrants have come to this country for 200 years: A better life for my family. I go through that (citizenship) process, and part of that process, I think, is to be involved in the political process to the extent I legally can.”

Still, when AFP decided to open up a regional office in town last week, it came as a surprise to some that Sloan wasn’t hired as its paid director.

That’s partly because of his Canadian citizenship and his residency status, said Jeff Crank, AFP’s state director.

“If I were to find out that he’s not here legally, then obviously I will request that he not use the name, Americans for Prosperity, or carry any title with it ‘cause we’re not going to support that,” Crank said. “He’s actually a Canadian citizen so we couldn’t hire him if we wanted to. As a volunteer, though, we’ll support anyone who supports our mission.”

Crank said he’s asked Kelly for documents that show his residency status but has yet to see anything.

Still, Crank said his group would never hire a Canadian or anyone else who isn’t a citizen of the United States.

Sloan said his residency officially is in an “adjustment” phase, which he described as a legal status that comes between an expired visa and an official green card.

“What I can legally do under my status is run a business, contract and write,” said Sloan, whose wife, Brenda, is a native-born citizen. “I could have renewed my visa but that would just put my green card process back again. I’m here legally. I don’t vote. I don’t want to vote until I’m a citizen. If you want to come to this country, do it the way I’m doing it, and do it legally.”

On her Facebook page, Brenda Sloan recently showed anger with her husband’s residency status, saying he’s been “dragging his feet” about filing his immigration papers.

She said she was considering writing letters to the editor threatening to expose him.

“He’d be ruined,” she wrote in one posting earlier this month. “I’m fed up with this.”

Sloan said his wife doesn’t understand the process it takes to become a naturalized citizen and he has since educated her on the matter.

In a July 13 posting, she said the family was having income problems and was using food stamps.

Shortly after discussing the issue with The Daily Sentinel on Friday, all comments on his wife’s page were obscured from public view.



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I feel badly for Kelly and his family. While we disagree vehemently about politics, he has always been friendly and nice with me. I even had lunch with him once to discuss the possibility of pitching a show to a local TV station where we would provide opposing views on local issues. Clearly Kelly has found himself in the same financial mess that many Americans have discovered as the result of the absurd notion of “trickel down” economics. I’m glad that there is a social safty net available to him and his family. Too bad that local conservatives haven’t come to his rescue, since he’s been carrying their water for a very long time.

Talk about old news. Perhaps, now that immigration is now on the table, Charles will do an article about how Dan Robinson helps illegal aliens break US Immigrations laws. Oh that’s right Robinson is a Dem so he is off limits.

Kevin, clearly you don’t know the first thing about Dan Robinson. His firm works in the field of personal injury law, not immigration law. Don’t you ever get tired of spewing venom?

What a blow for AFP, MCRP, and Western Slope Conservative Alliance. They just aren’t getting a break from the Sentinel at all these days. First the paper prints a press release that omits a couple of little words like “Tea Party” and makes it look like they are endorsing the Libertarian candidate for Dist. 54.  Then after changing their by-laws to make it allowable to have a non-citizen on the board, their former board member has had his immigration status brought into question by none other than his wife.

If Kelly were here legally he would have a “green card” that would allow him to work here for anyone who cared to hire him. AFP says “He’s actually a Canadian citizen so we couldn’t hire him if we wanted to. “ but that is not correct if his card is up to date and he has renewed it as required. If he has not done that he then would be “illegal” and unable to be employed. Maybe his wife does not understand the process to become a citizen, but it sounds like she understands that you have to renew that green card every ten years if you have a permanent resident card and they give you plenty of time to get it done and she seems frustrated that he is “dragging his feet“.

Claudette, you know Kevin is just using the old tactic of change the subject and put the other guy on the defense and avoid addressing the issue at hand. You did notice that he did not say one word in support of Kelly or his family as you so graciously did.Does that mean that the conservative crowd is throwing Kelly under the bus? Or will they run another letter writing campaign to attack anyone who speaks up on the subject?

Claudette, not venom. Fact. Check out the Colorado Access to Justice Commission and their Colorado Access to Justice Reports 2011. Look on Page 29 for the report on Judicial District 21. Then look at the last paragraph.

If you need, send me your e-mail address and I can send you the documents.

Kevin,
I’ll read the documents. Please send them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Sometime that E-mail address bounces E-mails for some unknown reason. If you get a bounce notice let me know.

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