At today’s session of the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors, Supervisor John Stirrup introduced a resolution that would direct the Prince William County Police Department to comply with federal law and abandon it’s sanctuary policy towards illegal aliens, and require that all county agencies inquire into the immigration status of all those requesting taxpayer-funded county services. Supervisor Stirrup’s resolution was drafted with the assistance of constitutional lawyers from the Immigration Reform Law Institute and support from the legislative committee of Help Save Manassas. It is a terrific resolution that extensively cites state and federal law as the basis for the authority local agencies have, rather than the rather thin and legally suspect statements included in the county police department’s current policy.
Immediately some legislators have started to howl. Hilda Barg and John Jenkins both raised objections and need more time to “study” this, and have requested input from county police chief Deane, who has already demonstrated that he has been co-opted by illegal alien apologists with the current policy of the police department. Supervisor Stirrup remained firm in today’s meeting, pointing out to those supervisors who have concerns about ensuring that county policies are consistent with state and federal law have at their disposal the resources of the county to help them understand the citations provided in Stirrup’s resolution. He also pointed out the board’s typical habit of introducing resolutions at Supervisor’s Time and then voting on those resolutions at the following meeting, which will be July 10th. It pretty much shot the hot air out of their arguments.
Between now and July 10th, Prince William County residents need to start visiting, calling and faxing their supervisors in support of this resolution. This is our first opportunity to start reversing policies that have encouraged illegal aliens to come to Prince William County, and if we are to make progress in dealing with the issue of illegal aliens in Prince William, this resolution must pass. We need to push hard on this, and make sure our Supervisors fully understand the concerns of their constituents, and how important addressing these concerns are to so many of us.
I had an opportunity to address the board in support of this resolution this evening, and hoped to make clear that if the Prince William County Board of Supervisors does not adopt this policy, Help Save Manassas will contact the Department of Homeland Security to make them aware that they are providing SCAAP funds to the county which it may not be eligible for because of this amnesty policy, and will recruit plaintiffs to file suit against the county in cases where they suffered losses from illegal aliens who had previous interactions with the county police department and were not questioned about their legal status according to the current sanctuary policy. The current policy is not only in violation of a 1996 federal law, but it puts the county’s budget at risk in several ways.
As soon as I get a copy of what was introduced, I’ll post it with some detailed commentary to help Hilda Barg and John Jenkins understand what it means. Since they both supported the Section 287(g) Program at the Adult Detention Center this February, I imagine this is just a case of needing some help in understanding the law, and the concerns of the citizens.
I think Help Save Manassas can assist them on both counts.
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