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Manassas Legislative Priorities, Take Two

By Greg L | 30 November 2006 | Manassas City | 10 Comments

Last night there was a special work session of the Manassas City Council to perform some much-needed edits to the legislative priorities document drafted by City Manager Larry Hughes and reported previously. Three new priorities were added to the document.

First, English as a Second Language program requirements are placing a heavy burden on the Manassas City Schools, and the federal government has not provided the funding needed in order to deliver these programs at the service levels that are required. The city council asked for more funding for this program.

Second, Enforcement of zoning ordinances which help to control residential overcrowding is placing a significant burden on many local governments. This problem is closely linked to the federal government’s failure to control the influx of illegal aliens. If the federal government isn’t going to effectively control the borders, it should at least provide the resources to localities to help control the problems that result. Aid to localities which would support additional zoning inspectors is sorely needed.

Lastly, many localities are considering participation in the Section 287(g) program which would allow local law enforcement to participate in the fight against illegal immigration. While the training is free, participating localities must still pay the officers salaries and travel expenses while they are in training, and other officers may have to work some overtime to fill shifts that would otherwise be worked by the officers being trained. Since this is a five week program those expenses can be pretty difficult for a locality to bear, particularly if wide participation is desired. The last legislative priority added is to request additional financial support to help bear these costs.

Councilmembers Marc Aveni and Andy Harrover strongly supported these additions, and Councilman Steve Smith strongly opposed them. Councilmember Smith really is going out of his way lately to enrage the electorate with his opposition of any attempt to address the effects of illegal immigration. Coming on the heels of his sole opposition to participating in the 2887(g) program, he’s really giving a lot of ammunition to anyopne who would consider challenging him when he’s up for re-election.

Overall I’m fairly pleased with the modifications to these priorities. They still contain some provisions I don’t care for, and most of it is a plea for more money from the state and federal government which is unlikely to materialize. It’s vastly better than it was but still is largely a document crafted by the City Manager rather than the City Council. As is often the case in politics however, you never get everything you want.

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  1. Citizenofmanassas said on 30 Nov 2006 at 9:48 pm:
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    I have heard Steve Smith defends illegals in court. If that is so, it makes sense he has a pro illegal immigration stance.

  2. anonymous said on 30 Nov 2006 at 10:31 pm:
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    That’s what it always comes down to with the supports of illegal immigration and the open borders lobby (OBL)–money. Follow the money.

  3. Citizenofmanassas said on 30 Nov 2006 at 10:58 pm:
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    Maybe Smith will get a calll from these folks.

    12 detained after I-66 pullover

    “U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement officers detained 12 people Wednesday morning after a Virginia State Police trooper pulled over a vehicle with illegally tinted windows.

    Police stopped a Ford E250 cargo van that had California tags around 9 a.m. on eastbound Interstate 66 just east of U.S. 15, said Sgt. Terry Licklider, police spokesman.

    The trooper ticketed the driver, 21-year-old Samuel Dejesus Pimentez of California, and after talking to him and the passengers, determined the passengers were in the country illegally, Licklider said.

    The trooper called immigration officials and 11 men, including the driver, and a woman, all Hispanic, were taken to an ICE facility in Northern Virginia, Licklider said.”

  4. anonymous said on 1 Dec 2006 at 11:01 am:
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    I wonder if this van was coming from California. If so, consider that it it made it almost the entire way across the country before any police officer was suspicious enough to pull it over AND involve the ICE.


  5. AWCheney said on 1 Dec 2006 at 11:59 am:
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    I wonder if they had one of those flyers expounding the virtues of Manassas for illegal aliens found with another van load somewhere northwest of us (Ohio?, if I remember correctly)?

  6. notarino said on 1 Dec 2006 at 3:21 pm:
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    By and large our local (City Council) officials are trying to listen to the people on the subject of illegal immigration (we’re mad as heck and NOT going to put up with it anymore). That said, why aren’t our state and national elected officials listening????

  7. Greg L said on 1 Dec 2006 at 3:46 pm:
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    We actually have to make the effort to harass them on the subject and educate them about the available options. For example, when I asked Michele McQuigg about having the state participate in the 287(g) program, she really didn’t know what it was. I assume no one has been contacting her about it, so she hasn’t taken a look.

    Delegate Jackson Miller certainly knows about the program, as does Delegate Lingamfelter. We need to be contacting our other elected officials, telling them what our problems are, and educating them about what the potential solutions might be.

    We can’t get what we want if we don’t ask for it.

  8. Anonon said on 2 Dec 2006 at 8:49 am:
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    Notarino - That’s because they don’t want to anger any one block of voters, especially Latino voters. I know some have said that they vote Democratic, but much of what I have read and experienced lead me to believe that they are conservative and voting Republican. Regardless, politicans want their votes! Their votes don’t matter so much on a local level, but they certainly do on the national level.

  9. anonymous said on 2 Dec 2006 at 11:02 am:
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    Why would legal immigrants be concerned about legislation targetting illegal aliens?

  10. anonymous said on 2 Dec 2006 at 11:05 am:
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    Even at that, what percentage of the vote are Hispanics and is it worth writing off the majority to pander to a minority?

    Oh wait, I forgot, there’s a reason it’s called the “stupid party”.

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