The Washington Times has an interesting article regarding the growth of MS-13, which is increasingly visible in Northern Virginia. At the end of the article, there’s a quote from one of our elected officials who clearly understands the linkage between illegal aliens and dangerous street gangs such as MS-13.
“At my level of government, what frustrates me the most is that so many people stand in the way of tough policies against illegal immigration,” [Senator Ken Cuccinelli] said. “They either ignore it or don’t understand the connection to public safety, security and the community’s well-being.”
As I’ve walked around different neighborhoods in the Manassas area, I’ve come across several houses that neighbors believe are local safe houses for MS-13 gang members. One vacant property in Manassas Park was identified to me a house that MS-13 broke into and used for several weeks before an incident I reported involving the rape of a woman on Cabbel Street and the assault of a good samaritan who came to this victim’s aid. MS-13 activity in the area is so common, that when I speak with many area high-school students, they consistently tell me that they know of multiple locations where MS-13 is currently active, but are concerned about their safety if they reveal specifics.
Right now Governor Kaine has the authority to enroll the Commonwealth in the Section 287(g) Program which would ensure that criminal illegal aliens, such as MS-13 gang members, are deported at the end of their detention by the State Department of Corrections instead of being released back into the community where they can continue to prey on the law-abiding residents of Virginia. Governor Kaine has refused to do this, and Democratic House Caucus Leader Brian Moran has refused to call on the Governor to do so. This is but one of the things that Ken Cuccinelli is talking about here, and I share his frustration.
When the problem is so clearly evident, why are some elected officials in Virginia so dedicated to stonewalling our participation in federal programs that will help remove from our country illegal aliens who are worthy of being incarcerated in our state prison system? Is there some sort of multi-cultural benefit we are supposed to receive by having illegal alien felons in our midst, and if so what is this supposed to be?
Maybe Sharon Pandak, who is running against Corey Stewart (who helped drive the Section 287(g) Program in Prince William County) can tell us. She’s one of those putative leaders who whines about this being a federal problem, but apparently won’t support these state and local programs, as does Moran and Kaine. Just what do you intend to do with MS-13 members who are released from our prisons, Ms. Pandak, Mr. Moran, and Mr. Kaine? Enroll them in midnight basketball leagues?
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