The Manassas-Journal Messenger reports that the Manassas City Council is considering a move to follow the lead of Herndon and obtaining training in Immigration and Customs Enforcement Training under the Immigration and Nationality Act Section 287(g) program. Faced with an investigation stemming from the city’s earlier attempts to control the problems associated with illegal immigration in Manassas, some members of the City Council have decided that the effects of inaction outweigh the risk of again drawing the ire of such folks as Mexicanos Sin Fronteras and are considering action. Their refusal to roll over and play dead should be commended.
Herndon’s actions makes an initiative like this easier. As more localities consider participation in this program it becomes exponentially more difficult for the illegal immigrant activists to focus on one jurisdiction as they did in Manassas in January. With the slowdown in the construction industry, the changes in the political landscape this year, and a looming election it is extremely difficult for the opponents of an initiative like this to mount an effective campaign to prevent localities from taking action to address this significant problem. The opportunity to address this problem has never before been so ripe.
This hasn’t escaped the attention of the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors either. I understand that several members of the BOCS are considering taking some sort of action as well, which raises the interesting scenario of having multiple jurisdictions approve participation in this program at nearly the same time. This may lower the cost of participating in this program, and will certainly divide the small but vocal opposition. How many places can illegal alien activists mount protests simultaneously?
If this comes to a vote in the Manassas City Council, council members Marc Aveni and Jackson Miller will certainly support it. Andy Harrover is a likely vote as well. If none of the other council members support the initiative, it will fall on Manassas mayor Doug Waldron to break a tie. I’ll bet the citizens of Manassas, rather than a wide collection of folks from outside will tell the council just how important they think an initiative like this is to them, and be able to inform him sufficiently as to how critical this issue is to the citizens of Manassas. The mayor is a good guy, and I think he’ll listen. Other members of the council will as well.
The only local jurisdiction that I have not heard to be considering this is Manassas Park. If they join in, it’ll be the perfect triple play in Prince William County in defense of the citizenry. And those billboards in Mexico that are rumored to exhort illegal immigrants to come to Manassas would probably change pretty quickly if it was made clear that the law is enforced in Prince William County and its local jurisdictions. The promise of a positive change in this seemingly intractable problem seems brighter today.
Citizens, it’s now up to you. Tell your legislators how you feel about taking advantage of this opportunity.
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