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Arlington’s Alternative Approach

By Greg L | 17 April 2008 | Arlington County, Illegal Aliens, Crime | 29 Comments

Today’s Washington Post demonstrates some policy alternatives offered by the illegal alien lobby, courtesy of Walter Tejada, Chairman of the Arlington Board of County Supervisors.  It’s a fascinating mixture of blatant contempt for Virginia law and diversion of scarce taxpayer dollars to perpetuate and even encourage the unlawful presence of illegal aliens in Virginia.  You’d think that someone who so willfully violates his oath of office and his responsibility to protect the citizens in his jurisdiction wouldn’t be so brazen about this irresponsible behavior, but then this is Walter Tejada we’re speaking of here.

First was the establishment of a publicly-funded day laborer facility called the “Shirlington Employment and Education Center”, which encourages persons without a contractor’s license, bonding or insurance as is required under Virginia law (e.g. Code § 54.1-1115) to perform as contractors, many of which are also clearly illegal aliens and not authorized to work under federal law in any capacity.  The center provides identification documents for the day laborers, free internet access so they can read the news from El Salvador, and even provides Spanish-language movies to help prevent them from getting bored while waiting to obtain jobs they aren’t legally allowed to have.  There’s even employment training, so these day laborers can be more effective at their unlawful jobs, and county officials to act as collection agents to make sure these folks get all the illegal money they’re entitled to.

Then there was the passage of a resolution that encouraged illegal aliens to unlawfully reside in Arlington County, as if there weren’t enough there already.

After being invited to the county, “stress, anxiety and depression” apparently set in for many of these illegal aliens.  They found it increasingly difficult to obtain unlawful employment due to an economic downturn, increased public understanding that hiring illegal alien day laborers is against the law, and a few publicized cases where illegal alien day laborers have stolen property from the houses they were working on or even murdered the persons who hired them.  The Post reports that these persons apparently turned to drug and alcohol abuse in significant numbers as a result.  This required Walter Tejada’s nanny state to then provide — again, at taxpayer expense — mental health services to known illegal aliens to help them deal with inconvenient realization that breaking the law sometimes has consequences, even in the liberal nirvana Arlington County.

So now Arlington County residents get to contend with this:

One worker blamed the lack of work on the anti-immigrant mood in the country. “People are afraid to hire you if you don’t have papers,” he said.

He was quickly interrupted. “It doesn’t matter if you have papers; there isn’t work for anyone,” another said.

Another worker, clearly drunk at 9:30 in the morning, was roundly criticized by the others. “If you get the job, you’ll ruin it for the rest of us!” one said.

“Who would want to take a drunk to their house?” another scolded. “You’ll do a bad job and then [employers] won’t come back.”

So how does Walter Tejada respond to all of this?  With a level of pandering in favor of those who break the law that is just as absolutely stunning as his belief that Arlington County taxpayers are obligated to fund not only this willful disregard for the law, but shoulder every burden this disregard imposes.  County residents get hit on both sides of this outrage, the fostering of a lawless environment and all of its troublesome effects.

“We have a history in Arlington of being a caring, inclusive community that values diversity. And we support people who are here trying to improve the quality of their lives in our region through hard work,” Tejada said. “There are people looking for work and employers looking for workers. And if that activity takes place — and it will take place — the government needs to coordinate it so that it happens in some kind of orderly manner, that the needs and demands of work are met.

“We realize that this is a divisive issue in some places,” he said, “but it does not need to be.”

I’m sure if we all just agreed that laws were meant to be broken, all this divisiveness would come to a screeching halt in Tejada’s eyes.  Perhaps Arlington County taxpayers could apply this same philosophy to their benefit and stop paying the taxes that fund this outrage, or decide to disobey parking regulations and then claim that while these decisions might cause “divisiveness”, it really doesn’t need to be that way.  I’m sure such decisions will be of equal benefit to Arlington County.

If anyone doubts that this story is about illegal aliens, and the above quote about not “having papers” isn’t sufficiently descriptive, the story concludes with another pretty strong indicator.  I haven’t heard of too many legal residents that had to take out a loan in order to pay smugglers to get them into the country:

Benavides said that as times have gotten rough, he’s seen tough workers curled up in a corner crying. Some people borrowed thousands of dollars to pay smugglers to get them into the country. And now that they can’t pay their loans, the smugglers are harassing their families. “That’s really tough for them,” he said.

A worker who had lost his apartment and could no longer share custody of his children was ecstatic when he got a temporary job, Benavides said. He was showing off, inviting his friends for drinks.

But he drank so much that he passed out. And his friends stole his money. Now he’s homeless.

There is an easy solution here.  If this guy gets deported, he’ll be home.  It beats the heck out of providing him with such lavish public benefits in the United States that will only perpetuate his clearly unlawful presence.

This is the alternative policy option that the illegal alien lobby would have us adopt.  It might sound all nice and happy, but without a doubt it’s nothing but terribly bad idea.  And Walter Tejada is just chock-full of those.

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  1. Patty said on 17 Apr 2008 at 3:04 pm:
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    I think the word anarchy is appropriate.

  2. Patty said on 17 Apr 2008 at 3:06 pm:
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    I also have a question. Who provides the money for them to be able to purchase alcohol?

  3. Mando said on 17 Apr 2008 at 3:19 pm:
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    “There’s no work,” he said in Spanish. The 52-year-old hasn’t worked in two months. He has six children in Bolivia who are all in college. He left home five years ago to make enough money to get them through school. Now he has nothing to send.

    “I wanted a good life for my children. But now, what can I do?” he asked.”

    That’s what gets me. Essentially, he came here knowing he could use his illegal status to undercut a legal citizen to secure a job. I’m supposed to feel sorry for him?

    And as another slap in the tax-payer’s face, they’re providing services because they can’t get illegal work. I don’t feel sorry for citizens of Arlington though. They voted for that kook and chances are, as long as the illegals stay out of their neighborhoods, they’re not going to be too worried about throwing a few bucks at them.

    This is insane. That goodness PWC citizens decided to stand up and fight rather then get railroaded.

  4. anonimo said on 17 Apr 2008 at 3:35 pm:
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    I would slap you myself if I could. Keep your hate in PWC.

  5. monticup said on 17 Apr 2008 at 3:37 pm:
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    I guess I’m cruel and heartless but I don’t have sympathy for any of them. They could always return home. Why don’t they? Too many freebies here.

  6. Ron said on 17 Apr 2008 at 3:49 pm:
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    Can’t they get cheap alcohol in their native countries?

    BUT SERIOUSLY, folks, isn’t it wonderful the way Arlington has all its BOS run at-large in the County to make sure that people with the same (tax and spend) mindset are all elected?

    SIX kids in college? So one of them hasn’t graduated and found a job to help support everyone else?

    By the way, isn’t it interesting the way the same leftists who call us all racists are against free-trade agreements with these Latin American countries, even though more jobs in the U.S. and Latin America would be generated? Such leftists must be a bunch of racists, don’t you think? ;)

  7. Johnson said on 17 Apr 2008 at 4:05 pm:
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    I just adore how these elitist liberals decide which laws they will obey or not. I hope that every illegal alien in the DC-VA-MD area moves to enlightened Arlington. Quick! Print up signs in spanish with directions to Arlington and mail them to various population centers throughout central and south America. Pay attention, folks. If anti-small town Obama is elected, this will be the attitude.

  8. FHL said on 17 Apr 2008 at 4:07 pm:
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    anonimo said on 17 Apr 2008 at 3:35 pm:
    I would slap you myself if I could. Keep your hate in PWC.

    anonimo-I must apologize to you for the bad behavior of some of the PW residents. Having been raised in Arlington this foolishness is sometimes more than I can handle.

  9. El Guapo said on 17 Apr 2008 at 4:30 pm:
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    In the past Arlington had used an effective method to encourage its undesirables to leave. A lot of low income houseing was demolished to make way for luxury condos. The population of minorities, single parents and immigrants decreased. I used to wonder where those people would go.

    When I moved out to PWC I found out where they went.

  10. manassascityresident said on 17 Apr 2008 at 4:36 pm:
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    FHL said on 17 Apr 2008 at 4:07 pm:
    “anonimo-I must apologize to you for the bad behavior of some of the PW residents. Having been raised in Arlington this foolishness is sometimes more than I can handle.”

    FHL - Please, by all means, feel free to return to your beloved Arlington….

  11. starryflights said on 17 Apr 2008 at 4:39 pm:
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    I also don’t feel sorry for illegal aliens at all. They should all go home to their own countries. We no longer welcome them here. We have enough home grown criminals. We don’t need to import more. Law should apply to all not just U.S. citizens.

  12. Nick said on 17 Apr 2008 at 4:46 pm:
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    I guess any one who doesn’t donate money to panhandlers hates them.

  13. Advocator said on 17 Apr 2008 at 4:52 pm:
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    One result of continuing to enforce the Rule of Law Resolution in PWC will be the concentration of illegals in Fairfax, Arlington, and Montgomery Counties and in DC. The resultant strain on the infrastructures and social services will become too great for even those jurisdictions to handle. Consequently, those jurisdictions will also enact some version of their own Rule of Law Resolutions to relieve the impact of the concentration of illegals.

    That’s why continued enforcement in PWC is garnering such stiff opposition from groups outside of PWC. That’s why the Feds are sending stooges to screw with a local elementary school. Once again, this area is a Battleground, folks. We’re part of a struggle for something much larger than just our own neighborhoods, although our neighborhoods alone would be reason enough to continue the struggle to free ourselves from this scourge of Invaders.

    Hang tough. If we take back PWC, the rest of the Commonwealth and the Nation will follow.

  14. AWCheney said on 17 Apr 2008 at 5:21 pm:
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    “When I moved out to PWC I found out where they went.”

    And, El Guapo, if they were legal they were welcomed with open arms.

  15. citizenofManassas said on 17 Apr 2008 at 5:25 pm:
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    I was just by that area last week on business and it did not look orderly at all. If these men wanted to follow the law they can head to the local Virginia employment center, or temporary placement agency like normal folks do when they are seeking employment.

    I’m sure they all have valid ID and are not illegal so there is no reason why they have to collect on street corners. Problem solved.

  16. sandman said on 17 Apr 2008 at 5:32 pm:
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    I once lived near the intersection of Four Mile Run and George Mason
    Drive. At first, it seemed like a nice neighborhood, but over the years
    it went to Hell in a handbasket. I was afraid to let my children play
    in their own yard. The gangs of thugs, robberies, and overall down-
    slide of the neighborhood sent us packing to Fairfax. I do not miss
    the Arlington County Government either. (especially dont miss
    James P. Moron) There is a lot of work to do in Fairfax too considering
    the ConMan says we “dont have a problem with illegal immigration
    in Fairfax County”. Hogwash!!!!!

  17. sandman said on 17 Apr 2008 at 5:33 pm:
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    Oh, and one more thing. When my son was at Abbingdon Elementary,
    he was one of the two kids in his class who spoke English
    at home. Go figger.

  18. citizenofManassas said on 17 Apr 2008 at 6:20 pm:
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    I must apologize for Arlington. I was raised there, and at least back then, the County did not support criminals.

  19. monticup said on 17 Apr 2008 at 7:23 pm:
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    el Guap: rest assured–Arlington is still overrun with illegal aliens. South Arlington, that is.

  20. Mr. Anon said on 17 Apr 2008 at 9:20 pm:
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    There are two different philosophies in action between Arlington and Prince William Counties. We’ll have to let this play out and see who was right in a couple of years. On paper, this should not even be a contest as Arlington has the money and resources to thrive. My money is on PWC, and I’ll take Stewart over Tejada any day of the week.

  21. Citizen 12 said on 18 Apr 2008 at 1:02 am:
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    “It’s completely redundant, This was nothing more than feel-good legislation on the part of extremist conservatives to strike fear in illegal immigrants.”
    Walter Tejada quote

    The proponents of this law could never cite specific figures of exactly how much [money] it is that immigrants are draining out of the system. It’s a lot of hot air.”
    Walter Tejada quote


    Two mins. and two quotes and a bio later I just have one question.

    Do the people in Arlington now use a blind fold and a dart board when they vote? Well then that must mean they know full and well the direction the county would go. Vaya con Dios, Arlatino!

  22. rebelreggie said on 18 Apr 2008 at 9:30 am:
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    U.S. Border Control
    Georgia employment agency owners charged with supplying illegal workers

    Posted: 18 Apr 2008 06:28 AM CDT

    The owners of six Georgia employment agencies have been indicted on charges of providing illegal immigrants to work in Chinese restaurants on the East Coast. Defendants include the agency owners; drivers who transported the workers; operators of ’safe houses’ where immigrants waited for jobs; and immigrant smugglers who brought the workers to Georgia from Florida.

    Each agency operated somewhat differently, but all in general recruited Mexican or Central American illegal workers. The agencies would obtain the illegal immigrants by advertising in ethnic newspapers or direct referrals from immigrant smugglers or ‘coyotes,’ and also accepted ‘walk-ins.’ They charged a commission of hundreds of dollars to place the worker, which was deducted from wages.

    The agencies placed workers in Georgia, and in Tennessee, Kentucky, New York, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio, according to the indictment.

    Restaurant owners would work the immigrants long hours, pay cash and not withhold state or federal taxes. They gave them food and housing, but paid $3 or $5 per hour in some cases.
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  23. Red, White and Blue said on 18 Apr 2008 at 2:16 pm:
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    Hey Anonimo:

    How many illegals do YOU take home and harbor? Before you go after PWC, know the laws of your country. Before you complain about treatment here, read and see the videos of what happens to migrants as they pass through Mexico. Before you “slap us in the face”, you had better check out why people leave their own countries and come here.

    Sorry your area is a “harbor”. Get ready to pay your taxes and keep destroying America because you want to feel better about yourself.

    I just get a kick out of people like you who are so righteous and arrogant that you threaten physical harm to somewho supports the law. You won’t take all these “folks” home with you each night because are two-faced. You won’t spend a dime or the time, just your yap.

    Another suggestion. Come down to PWC, find someone who lives here and slap them.

  24. frank sharp said on 18 Apr 2008 at 5:07 pm:
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    This is why We moved from Arlinton 6 years ago .

  25. Michael said on 18 Apr 2008 at 6:50 pm:
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    You have anger that we won’t tolerate “illegal” aliens in our neighborhoods, and you think that humanity should give free undercutting jobs and free handouts (taken from our labors) to everyone, regardless of how many choose to go to any country they wish and take that country over as if it was their own. Whenever this happened in history a conflict or war broke out. We have immigration law in place to protect us from this eventual problem and conflict that results when too many people invade without welcome and legal agreement.

    History has tons of conflicts that started because the people who were originally living there were culturally and illegally invaded by cultural outsiders who tried to take over the lands and businesses. Just ask the Boers, South Africans, Pakastanis, Indians, Iranians, Iraqi’s, Egyptians, Syrians, Bosnians, Serbians, Celts, Romans, Carthagineans, Greeks, Mohawks, Iriquoi, Sequoahians, Aztecs, Australian Aboriginals, Sutu, Zulu’s, Zimbabwians, Rwandans, Danes, Celts, etc, etc, etc.

    We have great anger with you and anyone else that supports people like you who don’t understand this is about national and cultural preservation, financial stability, and “illegal” behavior. We however have the law on our side.

    If I could reach out and slap you for your racist, group priviliged, and ethnic group focused behavior, self-segregation and self-identification with anything other than a “legal” American, I would.

  26. cdubbs said on 19 Apr 2008 at 5:12 am:
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    Oh and now for another enlightened move by the Arlington County School Board. Recently passed that by 2010 Every elementary school student will be required to receive spanish language instruction one hour per week. The program will have no opt outs and will cost the taxpayers an estimated 6 million dollars a year.

  27. Anonymous said on 22 Apr 2008 at 8:43 am:
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    I think it is time for me to avoid spending money in Arlington. I did that when the Town of Herndon openly supported criminals, and, while I realize I had no impact whatsoever on the Town’s economy, I did feel better knowing I was not supporting criminals.

    I think everyone who travels into Arlington should consider the same.

  28. CitizenofManassas said on 22 Apr 2008 at 8:43 am:
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    Sorry, that last post was from me.

  29. Michael said on 22 Apr 2008 at 10:33 pm:
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    People just don’t get it do they? A country with multiple languages as the primary business and public language is eroded, degrades into seperatist factions. Supporting second and “multiple” languages simply supports a faster decay into these politically aligned separatist ethnic group aligned factions.

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