Craig Vitter reports tonight on the recent debate between Sharon Pandak and Corey Stewart. He tells us that Sharon Pandak opposes participation by Prince William County in the ICE Section 287(g) program that would equip county law enforcement with the tools needed in order to process for deportation illegal aliens arrested for committing crimes. Vice Chairman Maureen Caddigan has talked about her support for this program, as have Supervisors Nohe and Stirrup, and her opponent Corey Stewart.
So Sharon Pandak doesn’t want to deport illegal aliens that commit crimes, saying that it would impose too much of a burden on law enforcement. Here’s a clue, Sharon: those law enforcement officers already have a significant burden to bear that is partially caused by illegal aliens. Giving law enforcement the ability to remove these criminal aliens from our midst is absolutely necessary, and long overdue.
While Manassas City is working to develop a what may become a regional approach to addressing the impacts of illegal immigration on our communities, Sharon Pandak is hiding from the problem and offering the citizens nothing but more of the same. Sharon Pandak whines about how ineffective the Federal Government has been, but refuses to commit to any course of action which may actually address this problem.
It’s time to stop making excuses and do something. If your community is challenged by the effects of illegal immigration, your choice on November 7th is utterly clear.
UPDATE: The Manassas Journal-Messenger has more coverage here. This quote from Sharon Pandak is another stunning example of the head-in-the-sand “do nothing” approach:
Pandak said it is a problem best left to the federal government and cautioned against getting local police officers involved in illegal immigration.
“Think twice about the fact that they will be taking someone — who maybe ran a stop sign — to have them incarcerated, and therefor they cannot respond to a burglary,” Pandak said of the police officers who might be kept busy arresting illegal immigrants.
Here’s Corey Stewart’s take on the issue:
He would train police officers so they would be able to deal with illegal immigrants when they found them, make sure county staff verifies that people have proper documentation before they receive county benefits and give zoning officials more power to enforce zoning ordinances.
Prince William voters have felt for a long time that their concerns about overcrowding, strained schools, and public safety and being ignored, and Sharon Pandak is promising to ignore those problems in the future. Corey Stewart is right on this issue, and is actually listening to the voters. Transportation and overdevelopment are problems that neither of these candidates are likely going to be able to significantly impact during the course of a term as Chairman of the BOCS, but illegal immigration definitely is. Only one of these candidates apparently wants to do something about it — Corey Stewart.
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