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By Greg L | 27 April 2008 | Prince William County | 5 Comments

The Washington Post’s Prince William Section has an article about the success of Help Save Manassas in its first year of operation, and is about as good coverage on the issue as one could reasonably expect.  I’m sure out of a sense of fairness, the next time Mexicans Without Borders celebrates an anniversary they’ll now be coming to me for balancing commentary.  Yeah, that’ll be the day.

The article could benefit from a few clarifications or corrections.  One, as much as I’d like to take credit for initiating BVBL, that honor is reserved for the anonymous individual who did and then brought me on as a contributor a couple of months after it started.  The original BVBL has since gone to ground, and in his absence I get to be the caretaker of this enterprise.  Second, although I played a role in the establishment of Help Save Manassas, it really is the product of a group of dedicated activists both local and regional and I can’t take sole credit for it.

And as much as the Rule of Law Resolution or the activities of Help Save Manassas have helped reduce crime in the Prince William County Area,  crime statistics for 2007 are hard to use as a basis for proving that claim.  Help Save Manassas was formed in April of 2007, and I’m not quite sure whether any impact on crime rates would have been observed within annual data starting in 2007.  In 2007, there were nine murders in the county, five of which are attributed to illegal aliens, which isn’t exactly something easily attributed to the efforts of a citizens advocacy group trying to reduce the number of illegal aliens unlawfully residing in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

Too bad the Washington Post didn’t use this opportunity to take a look at monthly crime statistics since the Rule of Law Resolution was adopted, the impacts on hospitals, whether there are fewer claims against uninsured drivers, changes in the number of complaints for overcrowded houses, or other statistical means of gauging the impacts of policy reforms in Prince William County.  The only statistics we’ve seen so far is the reporting on declining ESOL enrollments, and occasionally some anecdotal evidence that residential overcrowding complaints are lower.  There is statistical evidence out there, and comparing that evidence with what has been observed in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties might help identify what changes can be attributed to regional economic changes, and what cannot.

There’s a compelling story to tell, if only someone would dig up the information.  I wish I had more time to dig that information up myself, but I’d rather see it uncovered by someone who is a little farther removed from a distinct interest in the outcome of those statistics than I am.  Maybe the Examiner will pick this up…

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  1. Yankee Phil said on 27 Apr 2008 at 10:20 pm:
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    I left a comment there about you and what you said at Blogs United

  2. Bob Wills said on 27 Apr 2008 at 10:28 pm:
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    If no one else will I will say you did a good job.

  3. C. Armstrong said on 28 Apr 2008 at 11:33 am:
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    I agree with Bob…Greg, you have done a really excellent job bringing Help Save Manassas together. I read the article yesterday (good picture too!) and was proud to be affiliated with you folks!

  4. citizenofManassas said on 28 Apr 2008 at 11:34 am:
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    I think you are right, the COMPOST is never going to come out and say this was the right thing to do. However, as is the case with the article in today’s COMPOST, the paper can’t help but focus on the cost of education of illegals and the impact it will have on Arlington and Fairfax. So much for the line the criminal supporters like to use, that illegals pay their fair share.

  5. albert p said on 26 Jun 2008 at 6:14 am:
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    Dear Mr. Greg L.,
    I first heard about Help Save Manassas on WMAL in 2007 just before the Prince William vote.
    My recollection was:
    A girl had been killed by an illegal alien. He had been stopped 30 times for driving under the influence. If the law had been applied, the girl would not have been killed.
    The effort to have the laws enforced uniformly to all residents of Virginia was met with insufferable arrogance by Gov. Mark Warner
    (?) and the Secretary of State.
    In 2006, while the Democrats spent S millions slandering Senator Allen and the Republican Gubernatorial candidate, with the Washington Compost pushing the monkey issue, Save Manassas ousted the Democratic incumbents in Prince William County. The resolution to enforce the laws was pushed through Prince William unanimously.
    Please refer me to an article or website that has the history of Save Manassas.
    In 2006, the “Soviet of Washington (state)” Initiative 946 (request proof of citizenship prior to receiving social services) was defeated with attacks of being racist and un-American.
    This year we have I-409, to enforce existing federal immigration laws.
    thank you for all that you (Save Manassas) have done.

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