The Prince William County Human Rights Commission has released it’s “report” on the Reaffirmation of Law Resolution passed unanimously by the Board of County Supervisors on July 10th, and it’s everything I expected it to be and more. There are few documents produced at taxpayer expense that are as biased in their statements, so littered with outright lies and deliberate fabrications, and so woefully useless to the legislative process as this ridiculous “report”. It is instructive as to the mindset of the illegal alien apologist, but insofar as it was supposed to help assist county government in implementing this resolution — the ultimate purpose of this exercise, after several contradictory stabs at justifying this enterprise — it is completely and utterly useless.
With this “report”, the Human Rights Commission has sacrificed the entirety of it’s credibility upon the altar of radical political agendas. It is exactly as I had foreseen.
The discussion here starts out on a bad note:
Over the past three months, Prince William County has been fractured in ways not seen since the 1950s. Massive protest marches, attempted fire bombings, the Klan resurgent, attacks on free speech, and a minority group living in fear, make it seem more like 1957 than 2007.
“Massive protest marches?” Hardly. “Fire bombings?” That must mean the one knucklehead who tried to burn that ugly sign about this that had been erected in another jurisdiction, and failed, damaging nothing. “The Klan resurgent?” Are these folks nuts? Who in the heck is joining the klan around here? It was a literature drop on one street, again, in another jurisdiction. The last time this happened after May Day rallies by illegal aliens in Washington, the HRC never concluded that the klan was somehow “resurgent.” And just who is supposedly attacking free speech? The report doesn’t say. This is utterly ridiculous.
Then, the “report” somehow says that this debate is harming the housing market. Their evidence to support this is a Washington Times article which doesn’t make this conclusion, and a random reader comment on the WTOP website. The report bemoans that our “reputation has been sullied”, citing again a random reader comment on the WTOP website and a comment posted by another random person on this blog, which they inaccurately cite as the “Help Save Manassas Blog: Black Velvet Bruce Lee.” Excuse me?
I’m sure glad they worked so hard to solicit useful testimony about the nature of the problem, otherwise they might not have been able to explain what the supposed problem is here.
Based on this “thorough” analysis, the report starts giving it’s conclusions:
Based on our unique experience with human and civil rights legislation and its enforcement, the Human Rights Commission has concluded that it will be virtually impossible to implement this legislation in a non-discriminatory manner unless every resident of Prince William County is required to prove his or her legal residency at all county service points—including the library, zoning enforcement, and animal control, to name just a few. (emphasis in original)
So based on no investigation whatsoever, but using the evident political biases that members of this commission have displayed from the very beginning, the commissioners are certain that unlawful discrimination will inevitably result in the implementation of a resolution. Funny thing though, the same day that this report is released, the county released the social services part of the implementation plan and nothing in that plan relates in any way to the bizarre scenarios the Human Rights Commission is claiming to be unavoidable. The basis for this conclusion not only isn’t provided in the “report”, but on the same day it’s released other county documents disprove the conclusion.
The “report” claims that the resolution will impose “unknown costs” due to the implementation being legally challenged “without a doubt”:
Based on the reports of numerous groups who have come before the Human Rights Commission Subcommittee on Immigration, we can report that—without doubt—this legislation will be challenged legally, opening the county to protracted court battles and mounting costs, all at taxpayer expense.
Yes, the many of the groups that the commission selectively invited (Help Save Manassas and the Immigration Reform Law Institute had to ask to be included) in many cases threatened legal action. They started saying they would imminently file lawsuits the day this resolution passed, and so far, not one has been. They’ve been blowing this smoke from day one, and now three months later, there still aren’t any lawsuits. If the HRC is going to take this drivel at face value while the facts are absolutely opposite, it confirms that these conclusions aren’t based on facts or analysis but the product of a pre-ordained process designed to confirm their existing political biases.
The final conclusions, given the weaknesses of this “report” so far, are predictable, especially given the liberal use of the inaccurate term “undocumented immigrant” that infests this document:
This ordinance has far-reaching implications for the future of Prince William County and the kind of community we will become. The greatest impact of this legislation will not be on the hundreds of undocumented workers who are imprisoned and deported, but on the hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants and native-born Americans who remain. However well-intentioned:
- Implementation of this ordinance will be burdensome to legal residents required to prove their legitimacy;
- Implementation of this ordinance will be expensive for legal residents; and
- Implementation of this ordinance will do little or nothing to relieve the longer term, underlying problems of assimilation.
The resolution clearly is related to illegal aliens, and all of the implementation details thus far are narrowly and carefully crafted to ensure that only illegal aliens are subject to this initiative. There is no burdensome requirement established anywhere for legal residents to prove their legal status, there is no basis to claim that this resolution will negatively impact tax rates (evidence actually suggests the opposite) The intent of this resolution was to deal with unlawful activity, not to promote assimilation of immigrants. This last one is a tactic called a “straw man”, where you invent a reason to oppose something, and this is a pretty transparent one at that.
County taxpayers spent a fair amount of money paying for this “report” to be prepared. For that investment, we’ve gotten nothing of value. It’s time to reform the Human Rights Commission, because right now no one can take anything it says seriously. It’s true purpose, to prevent unlawful discrimination and to help resolve cases where unlawful discrimination has occurred is vitally important. A “report” like this damages the ability of the commission to accomplish that goal, and instead of promoting human rights in Prince William County, strongly risks that they could be degraded in the future. Nice job of keeping your eye on the ball Carlos Labioso. You must have spent too much time with Mexicans Without Borders at their protest last month.
Carlos Labioso (at left) assisting Ricardo Juarez of Mexicans Without Borders (partially obscured) and an unknown individual at the Mexicans Without Borders protest on September 2nd. Carlos Labioso is the head of the Immigration Committee of the Prince William County Human Rights Commission.
So much for this unlawful effort by the Human Rights Commission to try to usurp the authority of the Board of Supervisors.
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