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Manassas Votes For 287(g) Program

By Greg L | 30 October 2006 | Manassas City | 6 Comments

Tonight the Manassas City Council voted almost unanimously to seek participation in the federal program under Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act in order to deport illegal aliens who are processed through the Adult Detention Center. This facility is operated by Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park, and an agreement among all of these jurisdictions will be sought, making this a regional response to the problems caused by illegal immigration.

The only councilmember who voted against the proposal was Steve Smith. After alienating himself from the liberals last week, he’s antagonized the conservatives this week, and I’m sure this vote will come up if he seeks re-election at the end of his term. A number of those present were not impressed by this, and expressed some surprise that he would take this stand.

Jackson Miller deserves credit for raising this issue several months ago and working so hard to gain support for the idea. Along the way he had to settle for a bit less than he wanted, but in doing so gained almost universal support from not only the council, but the community as well. Citizens who spoke during citizens time this evening overwhelmingly supported this proposal and were thankful that the council was taking action to deal with what has become the number one issue on the minds of voters, Twenty four citizens spoke this evening, and only five expressed any concerns for the council’s actions (more on that later).

This is a great first step to deal with the effects of illegal immigration, and more steps will certainly be needed. But we can celebrate a small victory in what will likely be a long battle tonight, and be thankful to those who worked hard to make it possible.



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6 Comments

  1. Citizenofmanassas said on 30 Oct 2006 at 11:52 pm:
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    I can’t wait for the MJM to opine how the City is making a mistake in joining the program, and that hispanics will not feel welcome in the city.

    Also, while I am not positive, I believe Steve Smith does some immigration law work. Can anyone verify this? So, if I am correct, this is why he most likely voted against joining the program.

  2. Batson D. Belfrey said on 31 Oct 2006 at 8:38 am:
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    “I believe Steve Smith does some immigration law work.”

    Yeah. He defends illegals charged with crimes like robbery, DUI, Public Intoxication, sexual assault, etc. Guess he’s just trying to protect his Repeat offender Client-Base. Any good defense attorney will tell you that repeat business is where the real money is.

  3. Andy H said on 31 Oct 2006 at 9:33 am:
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    Let us hope that the County decides to participate. It will make the program more effective.

  4. Citizenofmanassas said on 1 Nov 2006 at 1:26 am:
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    Andy,

    That will happen if their politicians listen to the majority of the people, and not the small minority that support illegal immigration.

    Evens still, the City has a clear obligation to go at this alone, based not just on last night but during the entire time this issue has been debated.

  5. Andy H said on 1 Nov 2006 at 9:36 am:
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    Agreed. I’m just looking for utmost efficiency in our efforts. We are facing a very tough budget this year and, to the extent we can share the cost with the county, it would benefit all. Having said that, if the county decides that they aren’t interested, we’ll find the money to pay for it elsewhere in the budget.

    We’re surrounded by the county and it just makes so much sense….

  6. Citizenofmanassas said on 2 Nov 2006 at 12:03 am:
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    Andy,

    Of course there is money in the budget for this program. The City has more money then at any time. We have had tax increases for at least the past 4 years, and low and behold, the MJM reported today, the City may have to raise taxes again this year. That has to stop. The more money the City has, it seems the more it needs.

    I agree, the County should join the program too along with the Park, it would be a much better program.

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