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By Greg L | 29 September 2006 | Crime, Manassas City, Prince William County | 6 Comments

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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6 Comments

  1. Andy H said on 29 Sep 2006 at 8:39 am:
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    Oh, I expect that Andy Harrover will be in supprt.

    One possible alternative that I think deserves looking into is not training the actual officers on the street but those who operate the Jail. Mecklenburg is doing things this way and, given the “Shared Services” arrangement that Manassas has with PWC and MP, I think it makes a lot of sense for this area as well. I suspect an arrangement like that would also alleviate many of the concerns that the individual chiefs have.

    A major challenge that cannot be dismissed lightly is what to do with individuals until ICE comes to get them. The current jail is overcrowded and we have something on the order of 100 prisoners spread from here to southside because of it. Not saying it is a deal killer but something we need to figure out.

    One other warning: From what little I know, this doesn’t appear to be the kind of thing that happens overnight. The training alone is 5 weeks long.

    Linkage for M’burg: http://tinyurl.com/htow9 (yes, it’s wapo but it’s all I could find quickly..:)

  2. Greg L said on 29 Sep 2006 at 10:42 am:
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    I’m thrilled to hear this Andy. I’m also thrilled to hear that it’s likely that there’s yet another vote on the council in support of participation in this program. If the details can get hashed out, and I’m pretty sure they can if everybody works together, Manassas City is going to soon move into the “win” column on this issue really soon.

  3. Maureen Wood said on 29 Sep 2006 at 10:35 pm:
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    Either way that it is done it needs to start now. All cities and counties in Virginia need to get on board, to send a message to Washington, “WE THE PEOPLE” are fed up with illegal immigration.

  4. CatHouse Chat said on 2 Oct 2006 at 11:11 am:
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  5. egh said on 23 Jul 2007 at 10:10 am:
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    How benevolent of our elected officials, who want all illegals to stay.The illegals take only the jobs well educated Americans don’t want,while many Americans,have to compete for jobs with those who have no business being in this country. How far do the illegals have to be from the Mexican border before they can’t be arrested?Construction sites are often flooded to about 98% Latino,do you know many are illegal? I like Latino people,and culture as a whole. But, when i go to Latin countries, I respect their government and follow the appropriate protocol to visit or work there. The illegals are intoxicated with the American dollar,they care little of disrupting American communities.Many are misguided,they should demand there rights at the capitals in their countries. What Latin country would allow 12 million gringoes to remain illegally? Bring them out of the shadows, rip them out by the roots and arrest them. All other laws are enforced. Send a message that America isn’t to be occupied by defient, subversive,criminals.Whose illegal presence is criminal. I have compassion on the poor,but they’ve all got to go. And to Americas elected officials, I know your short sighted from your ivory towers and country clubs. But,you were elected to represent Americans, not illegal invaders. Have a nice day. And, to the clergy Who condone this illegal invasion,you are supposed to obey the law of the magistrates. NO LEGAL NO STAY- those who are legal, welcome to America.

  6. egh said on 23 Jul 2007 at 10:38 am:
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    Also,the construction industry is getting overwhelmed with labor,kind of like over fishing the coastal waters. In 1991,the recession was so severe,a bricklayers job was almost impossible to find. So, when a recession comes,your guess is as good as mine as to what happens with illegals. Some illegals are geuinely nice people. Others, well, their goodness is an illusion, and a thin veil. I’d like to see a long conga line,with sombreros,and cowboy boots headed for Mexico, with everybody singing La Cucaracha. And put them all in the back of the line for citizenship applications. Did you know the Great Wall Of China was built to keep illegal Mexicans out?

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