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Let’s See How This ‘Sanctuary’ Thing Works Out

By Greg L | 18 September 2007 | Arlington County, Illegal Aliens, Virginia Politics | 13 Comments

Razing Kaine is reporting that in Arlington County, officials are saying there’s no problem with illegal aliens:

Writing in response to claims that Arlington is a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants, [Arlington County Manager Ron] Carlee says:

“Much has been reported lately of an ‘immigration problem’ in parts of Northern Virginia. There is no such ‘problem’ in Arlington County.

Tonight I heard from a reporter that they’ve heard that a number of the illegal aliens they’ve interviewed in Prince William County have decided that this is too dangerous a place to be, and intend to move to Arlington County. If this is as widespread a phenomenon as this reporter seemed to believe, I’d imagine that fairly soon the ‘non-existent problem’ in Arlington is going to become a lot harder to ignore.

At least the illegals probably won’t be in the areas where folks like Ron Carlee tend to live. They might be able to think that there’s no problem, but how long will it be before the voters start vehemently disagreeing with them? Some apparently are complaining about the county’s determination to join the “ostrich caucus”:

Arlington resident Robert Atkins questioned a County Board member’s assertion earlier this summer that 99.9 percent of immigrants are not criminals. Atkins said statistics show 5 percent of illegal immigrants in Arlington in 2006 ended up in the county jail.

“The new Arlington Way — 2-percent accuracy is adequate for governing,” he said of the county’s statistics. “Even I expected better from this board. If you’re going to use percentages on public topics, let’s have accurate numbers so we can have a real discussion, not something that will fit on a bumper sticker.”

And apparently studies are beginning to demonstrate that there actually is a problem.

Overview of Illegal Immigration in Virginia

Estimated Geographic Distribution

Based on Births to Illegal Alien Mothers

Fairfax County 35%

Prince William County 11%

Arlington 8%

Alexandria 6%

Chesterfield County, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Henrico County 2% each

Chesapeake County, Newport News, Norfolk 1% each

All others 27%

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  1. Legal2 said on 19 Sep 2007 at 6:37 am:
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    Call Warner and Webb TODAY 202-224-3121 and tell them to VOTE NO on the Dream Act (SA 2237) which is closer than ever for a vote. It will give illegals the right to in-state tuition privileges, and increase visas for foreign workers. It is being attached to the Dept of Defense authorization bill. Warner and Webb are waffling (have not committed to voting no). See www.numbersUSA.com for more information. Do the right Thing!

  2. The Patriot said on 19 Sep 2007 at 7:11 am:
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    S. 1923
    To authorize appropriations for assistance for the Housing Assistance Council, the Raza Development Fund, and for the Housing Partnership Network (HPN) and its members, and for other purposes.

    None of the funds made available under this Act may be used to provide direct housing assistance to any person not lawfully present in the United States.”

    Now with the bunk houses we know serve as “safe houses” how can we ensure they are not receiving these funds!?!

  3. The Patriot said on 19 Sep 2007 at 8:12 am:
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    Start contacting Warner and Webb to vote NO on the Dream Act! Vote could be today???

  4. Angry Blackman! said on 19 Sep 2007 at 9:09 am:
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    Arlington has gone downhill. Most recently, I visited a friend for lunch and the streets were lined with Hispanics just loitering, hanging out and I assume they are day laborers. Historic area such as NAUCK, Green Valley, Hoss Hill have all went down because Arlington is now a Sanctuary for Illegals. Most of the good people who can afford to leave have left.

  5. anon said on 19 Sep 2007 at 9:15 am:
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    Sadly Angry Balckman you use the same racism that was used against you. Since when all Hispanisc are illegal aliens?

  6. Greg L said on 19 Sep 2007 at 9:35 am:
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    From the Washington Post today:

    “Among the supporters was Enrique Escorza, the consul general of the Mexican Embassy, who was sitting near the front of the room.”

    “The signal we are receiving here is very important,” Escorza said. “Listening to a very responsive county board like Arlington is very gratifying.”

    I guess we have a good idea now where these policies are coming from. When the Mexican embassy is weighing in on county policy, the county’s citizens are certain to come out losers.

  7. Mando said on 19 Sep 2007 at 9:49 am:
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    “Sadly Angry Balckman you use the same racism that was used against you. Since when all Hispanisc are illegal aliens?”

    My intention isn’t to speak for Angry Blackman, but he didn’t say all Hispanics are illegal aliens but I’m willing to bet dollars for donuts that the majority of those loitering along the streets in Arlington are for two reasons:

    1. Steps taken by PWC to pull up the welcome mat.
    2. Steps taken by Arlington to put down the welcome mat.

  8. Mando said on 19 Sep 2007 at 9:54 am:
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    I’m curious to see what the outcome will be of all this. The way I see it, Arlington will do one of two things once the tidal wave of illegals is too much for them to take:

    Either they adopt strategies like PWC or they admonish PWC for making our problem their problem.

    One way or another, they will eventually have to open their eyes to the problem “that doesn’t exist”.

  9. The Patriot said on 19 Sep 2007 at 1:38 pm:
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    If there were so many jobs that apparently Americans won’t do…why are there so many day laborers milling about (not working)?????

  10. Legal2 said on 19 Sep 2007 at 9:50 pm:
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    They’re doing the loitering that Americans just don’t want to do. :-)

  11. MP Resident said on 19 Sep 2007 at 10:10 pm:
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    It’s about creating a labor oversupply to drive down the cost of labor as much as possible.

  12. Michael said on 19 Sep 2007 at 11:05 pm:
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    Wait until the “illegal” alien getting sanctuary turns out to be an Al Qada terrorist. How stupid can these people be? Aiding and abetting the enemy last time I checked was punishable by very severe penalties.

  13. Michael said on 19 Sep 2007 at 11:11 pm:
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    See ABM when you bring racial, religious, gender, and ethnic group names into this argument, it is no better than the 1960s Hate groups.

    Look at how the tables turn! I will continue to beat up all who don’t get it that this is an “illegal” issue that is racially, ethnically, gender and religiously BLIND. Even when the ethnic, racial, gender and religious groups themselves just don’t get it. Privileges for racial, ethnic, gender and religious groups are wrong no matter what group you want to align youself with.

    The smart people don’t align with any group, attack the issues, not the groups, and make their judgement calls on good and evil based on “individual’s behaviors” like lawbreaking.

    When are you ethnic groups going to GET IT? Maybe you are watching too much BET, Arab’s Today, and Hispanics only Cable TV?

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