A few months ago an editorial in the Manassas Journal-Messenger questioned what a group like Help Save Manassas would be able to constructively contribute to the public debate on illegal immigration. At that time, the tea leaves being read by the editorial board seemed to indicate that Help Save Manassas would either be ineffective, or counterproductive. Today’s Potomac News article “Group wants police to question status” seems to answer the question about what sort of impact Help Save Manassas can have, and “ineffective” is certainly a foregone conclusion at this point.
In Manassas City, councilman Marc Aveni is leading an effort to improve the Memorandum of Understanding with the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) under the Section 287(g) program to allow the Manassas Police Department the widest flexibility in dealing with criminal illegal aliens. Regardless of what resources are available at ICE to implement this program, if the city’s agreement with ICE is as broad as possible, it will be able to take advantage of the program to the maximum extent possible. In Prince William County, Supervisor John Stirrup’s proposed resolution to reverse the sanctuary policy of the county police department and ensure that statutory public benefits at the county level are not used to support illegal aliens as required by Virginia law has gained overwhelming public support and tremendous media interest. In both of these cases, members of Help Save Manassas, working with elected officials and constitutional lawyers from the Immigration Reform Law Institute have helped to advance a solid legislative agenda which has re-framed the public debate which, if successful, may substantially impact public safety and quality of life in the Prince William area in a positive way.
If you believe that illegal aliens shouldn’t be getting ignored by the county police department, if you think that criminal illegal aliens should be deported, and if you think that taxpayer-funded public benefits shouldn’t be provided to illegal aliens, it’s time to contact your local elected officials and ask them to support these important initiatives. If you think it’s important to follow this up with initiatives to prevent child identity theft, legislation to prevent the illegal harboring of illegal aliens, and strengthen the voter registration system to routinely screen applications for illegal alien applicants, it’s time to become a member of Help Save Manassas and help these productive and legally sound initiatives succeed.
Perhaps some day even the Manassas Journal-Messenger editorial board, after seeing this level of success, will begin to understand that the debate over illegal immigration hasn’t only changed substantially, but improved as well.
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