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%
Chesterfield County, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Henrico County 2% each
Chesapeake County, Newport News, Norfolk 1% each
All others 27%
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