I talked with Gainesville Supervisor John Stirrup today, and Prince William County is apparently going to join in the battle against illegal immigration as well. Emboldened by the call Jackson Miller made for Manassas to participate in the 287(g) program, the measure will be introduced at the Board meeting on October 10th and will be likely come to a vote on October 24th. The Board of County Supervisors have already discussed this issue, and apparently four supervisors — Supervisors Stewart, Caddigan, Nohe and of course Stirrup are solidly behind the idea of taking some sort of action as soon as possible.
Earlier this week I sent out an email to all of the Prince William County Supervisors asking how they felt on the issue of participating in the 287(g) program.
It has been reported that Prince William County is not planning to take advantage of the 287(g) program and obtain Immingration and Customs Enforcement training so that illegal aliens can be deported when they are arrested for other crimes.
Last night the Herndon Town Council voted to request this training, and other localities such as Manassas City are considering this program, as well as Loudoun County. As part of Prince William County’s plan to address overcrowding and the other detrimental effects of illegal immigration, are you in favor of implementing this program?
I haven’t received responses from Supervisors Barg and Jenkins, but Supervisor Covington did send this response:
Thanks for your comments. I am sure that PWC will take a look at this.
Indeed, they will.
I expect the Manassas City Council will be discussing Jackson Miller’s proposal to participate in the ICE training program during their next council meeting, and will allow citizens to address the council on the subject. It is important that citizens come to the meeting and support this initiative.
Likewise, it’s very important that as many citizens as possible come to the next two meetings of the Board of County Supervisors and speak in support of taking immediate action to address this critical problem in the county. This may be the best opportunity we’ve had in the past five years in Prince William County to address illegal immigration and we must take advantage of it.
In the meantime, I am watching Loudoun, Culpepper and Stafford Counties for some sort of movement in the very near future. If a few more localities take up this issue, it is likely that will prompt action at the state level. The citizens have a great opportunity here to see some action on the number one issue in the state, and all it will take is for the citizens to show up for the battle.
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