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Walter Tejada Incites An Uproar

By Greg L | 14 May 2008 | Arlington County, Illegal Aliens | 26 Comments

Walter Tejada’s “Agenda For Progress” in Arlington is meeting some significant pushback from county residents who view his plan to allow rental units in residential neighborhoods as official encouragement for illegal aliens to unlawfuly reside in the county.  Given Tejada’s actions over the past year, I can understand why they might get this impression, since he has pretty much declared Arlington a sanctuary jurisdiction.  Until now, high housing prices have largely prevented the influx of illegal aliens into most of the neighborhoods in this jurisdiction, but with this potential change in the county’s zoning ordinances, the availability of low-cost housing would skyrocket and almost certainly be absorbed by illegal aliens leaving jurisdictions that are less accomodating towards the willful violation of federal immigration laws.

Retiree Rick Barry, 75, said that he considers the plan a wrongheaded assault on Arlington’s way of life and that he fears it would attract immigrants displaced from Prince William County, which has enacted a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

“You work hard to get your family into a single-family neighborhood,” Barry said. “We have a very nice neighborhood character, and we should do whatever it takes to keep it as it is.”

Merryl Burpoe, a government relations consultant, said Arlington’s “beautiful, stable” neighborhoods are at risk.

“We moved here for the quality of life Arlington affords,” she said. “We paid a lot for our homes.”

When homeowners in the Arlington Ridge Civic Association were surveyed about the proposal, 92 percent were opposed, said Larry Mayer, president of the Arlington County Civic Federation.

“A lot of single-family homeowners believe these [rental units] will proliferate all over Arlington,” Mayer said.

While it is terribly unlikely that voters in Arlington County will ever successfully push for legislative reforms that would discourage the unlawful presence of illegal aliens, Tejada’s push to further accomodate illegal aliens is starting to result in a backlash by county residents who have been grumbling about publicly funded day laborer centers, taxpayer-financed housing subsidies for illegal aliens, and restrictions on police officersthat prohibit them from questioning suspected illegal aliens about their immigration status.  These policies violate state and federal laws, and as Walter Tejada continues to pick and choose which state and federal laws he is willing to have the county comply with, his “Agenda For Progress” is being revealed as the threat to Arlington’s quality of life that it actually is.

Local policies that encourage illegal aliens have significantly harmed several communities in the area, given the substantial body of evidence which demonstrates the actual effects of these policies, it is no wonder that Arlington residents are resisting this proposal.  In Maryland, such policies have encouraged residential overcrowding that not only harms neighborhoods, but clearly isn’t benefitting the illegal aliens who crowd into them.

Jose Campos suffered in packed, chaotic apartments for several years after coming from El Salvador in 2004. The 57-year-old laborer rented a sliver of floor space among an ever-changing crowd of roommates who were, he said, more likely to steal his modest possessions than neaten up the kitchen or bathroom.

“It was very bad,” he said. “When they were home, they were drunk.”

It’s little wonder that Arlington County residents, many of whom paid a high premium for the opportunity to live in safe and desireable neighborhoods are balking at the prospect of inviting illegal aliens into their midst.  An effort to transform Arlington into something resembling Wheaton, Maryland is not going to appeal to the local electorate one bit.

Had Arlington simply continued their relatively quiet tolerance of illegal aliens and not started to push in ways that would share the impacts of illegal immigration with a wider swath of the electorate, Tejada probably could have continued his efforts to encourage the transformation of Arlington into a “diverse” community of largely Latin-American illegal aliens living in neighborhoods conveniently segregated from the upscale enclaves preferred by guilt-ridden white liberals eager to bow to Tejada’s agenda.  Now that the impacts are likely to become more broadly borne, some of these folks are beginning to question their devotion to ethnic preference, and those who never had such a devotion are seeing the opportunity to start scalinig back these destructive policies.  Tejada may well have overstepped here, opening the potential for a much broader debate on public policy that isn’t dominated by illegal alien apologists.

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  1. Johnson said on 14 May 2008 at 12:23 pm:
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    Wow. Guilty white Liberal Arlingtonians are actually showing some spine. I was wondering when they would get around to it. Apparently, it’s when the door is opened for illegal aliens vs. being left unlocked. Invitation vs. “ignore the invasion for the sake of not appearing to be a racist”. Good for them.

  2. Johnson said on 14 May 2008 at 12:34 pm:
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    Susan Retz’s comments are especially hilarious. “Gosh, we thought they’d swallow it hook, line and sinker…” “No matter how we tell the big lie, it’s still a big lie…”

  3. Patty said on 14 May 2008 at 12:35 pm:
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    Arlington chastised us. They didn’t have a problem with PWC turning into flop houses. Now that Tejada is sanctioning flop houses in his county, the residents are screaming and crying. Should they be called racists?

  4. Mando said on 14 May 2008 at 12:48 pm:
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    This one is better -

    “I don’t think Arlington is that liberal sometimes,” Retz said. “It’s more conservative than we thought. . . . No matter how you explain it, people find it threatening.”

    Not conservative by a long shot. Hypocritical is the word you were looking for Ms. Retz.

    I have no sympathy for those hypocritical asshats in Arlington. None. I hope they get flooded.

  5. Ron said on 14 May 2008 at 12:51 pm:
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    “When homeowners in the Arlington Ridge Civic Association were surveyed about the proposal, 92 percent were opposed, said Larry Mayer, president of the Arlington County Civic Federation.”

    No wonder Tejada is doing this. 92% opposition isn’t even a majority!

    Just curious, is Arlingotn the only county that does not have Supervisory Districts but makes the entire BOS run at large?

    As far as the guilty white leftists are concerned, all I can do is quote Ayn Rand:

    “What complaint do they now have to make? That the universe is irrational? Is it?”
    – Dr. Hugh Akston, from Atlas Shrugged

  6. A Reader said on 14 May 2008 at 1:24 pm:
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    Many of the houses in Arlington are far from grand. Many Arlington homes look like crap. Expensive crap, since they are close in to D.C. So now people who paid big prices for homes far, far smaller than mine are waking up to what the invasion can do to THEIR property values and quality of life. We told you so.

  7. Rick Bentley said on 14 May 2008 at 1:27 pm:
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    I’m sure there are so so many Arlingtonians who don’t really understand the impact of this currently, but are going to become politically active soon after going through hell with their neighborhoods.

  8. Advocator said on 14 May 2008 at 1:29 pm:
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    Great quote, Ron, from my philosophical hero. I’ve got no sympathy at all for the liberals who elected Tejada. I’d like to ship the rest of our illegals there so they can pay for their health care, the schooling of their little darlings, the clogging of their traffic court, their translators, and all the rest of the social services and infrastructure they steal from legal, taxpaying residents.

    Incidentally, our very own little Marty Nohe jumped up last night at Guvnor Goober’s soiree in Hoodbridge and introduced himself and drooled all over the Goober’s plan to raise our taxes.

  9. Anonymous said on 14 May 2008 at 1:42 pm:
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    Advocator said on 14 May 2008 at 1:29 pm:

    Incidentally, our very own little Marty Nohe jumped up last night at Guvnor Goober’s soiree in Hoodbridge and introduced himself and drooled all over the Goober’s plan to raise our taxes.

    Never met the gentleman but listening to him at the BOCS meetings, this is an individual that seems to always wants to be in the limelight. He loves to hear himself talk, (and let everyone know he is there) even when his questions and statements are stupid.

  10. CitizenofManassas said on 14 May 2008 at 2:12 pm:
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    Ha ha I just love the condescending attitude of self loathing anti-American liberals. Again, they sure do wax on about diversity etc, etc, until it is at their door steps. My how the worm has turned.

    Of course most of these folks live north of route 50 which is the dividing line between north and South Arlington. Which means they are particularly liberal and condescending.

    I do look forward to our resident lib from Arlington to weigh in on this…..

  11. Citizen 12 said on 14 May 2008 at 2:18 pm:
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    Like Mr. Berry, we too worked hard to move up to a nice single family neighborhood. And then the wheels which run on cash allowed the definition to be changed to “Multi purchaser- owner- rented to many tenants- suburban dwelling” by short circuited the historically proven steps to get here with sub-prime loans to unqualified buyers with no clue or interest in assimilation.

    I ask Arlington residents if they even looked at Walter’s extremely slanted record of public service and advocacy before the election or did they just throw darts at names on a board? NOW they speak out when the threat moves north of Lee Highway.

    Vaya Con Dios, Arling-tina!

  12. KP said on 14 May 2008 at 2:56 pm:
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    I am confused. If the foreclosure rate is so high and there is a real demand for rentals, then how the heck does a person that got foreclosed on have good enough credit to get a rental? I still don’t get how an illegal could get credit in the first place. I suppose that if this zoning passes, then a person could build their 750 sq ft. slum-house and rent it to anyone and everyone that can pay it (including illegals) without a credit check. Maybe it will make the owner feel good that they are helping to coddle sad-poor illegals.

  13. AsIseeit said on 14 May 2008 at 3:03 pm:
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    Marty Nohe is a self propelled nut.

    He likes to hear himself talk and he says nothing.

    Watch him at the BOS. he jabbers away and says nothing.

    Coles needs to get a candidate ready and give the heave ho to Nohe.

  14. Wine Please said on 14 May 2008 at 3:19 pm:
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    too bad Leesburg residents didn’t complain when their town council decided to put up low-income housing. But what do you expect from a jurisdiction that won’t hold Lansdowne criminally liable for all those illegal workers rounded up in the raid several weeks back.

    Also, Greg, didn’t know if you saw this from Iowa:

    300 arrested in Iowa immigration raid
    U.S. agents target meat processor


    at least the governor understands “Illegal is illegal”, even if that nun doesn’t.

  15. me-n-u said on 14 May 2008 at 4:40 pm:
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    KP, They’ll be rented to because they switch last names at the drop of a hat. They will steal someone else’s identity and start over.
    My suggestion to Walter Tejada would be to create special zoning, applicable to HIS neighborhood only. Let HIS neighbor’s create apartments in their basement to rent out. Or better yet have him rent his own place out.

  16. me-n-u said on 14 May 2008 at 4:42 pm:
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    This is somewhat off topic but a must read! State and Local Anti-Immigrant Ordinances Backfire It has our own PWC in the article.


  17. CitizenofManassas said on 14 May 2008 at 4:51 pm:
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    Me N U

    That webpage is pretty awful and is very pro criminal, that claims to provide facts when in fact it supplies nothing but opinions that support criminals.

    If criminals are leaving the County, I hardly think the Ordinance has back fired.

  18. Arlington Minority said on 14 May 2008 at 5:22 pm:
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    “Don Pepe” Tejada’s pro-illegal alien agenda has been so overplayed that all but the brain dead Arlingtonian has awaken to his attempt to further lower our already depressed real estate values with this particular Trojan Horse. We’re simply counting the days until is Board Chairmanship is finished.

  19. JM said on 14 May 2008 at 6:33 pm:
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    Johnson said on 14 May 2008 at 12:23 pm:

    Wow. Guilty white Liberal Arlingtonians are actually showing some spine. I was wondering when they would get around to it. Apparently, it’s when the door is opened for illegal aliens vs. being left unlocked.

    It’s more like Tejada wants to prop open the screen door and tie a knot on the living room curtain. Welcome! Welcome!

  20. John Kerry said on 14 May 2008 at 11:30 pm:
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    I live in Arlington, and I’m John Kerry, I mean Al Gore.
    I will let the illegals live with me. Maybe they will vote for me?
    Lets all promote tolerance and participate in our own economic destruction!
    (Liberalism is a mental disorder)

  21. Angry Blackman! said on 15 May 2008 at 6:46 am:
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    Now the people of Arlington will wake up! BEFORE…when it was a Prince William County problem it was all good since it wasn’t in there area. I’ve said for a couple of years now that Walter Tejada would bring Arlington DOWN and he continues to lead this effort. They elected him so DEAL WITH IT!

    Also, it makes no different whether a person is a liberal or conservative or black or white, the bottom line is that ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION must be stopped!

  22. Anonymous said on 15 May 2008 at 11:47 am:
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    Having lived in Arlington for five years before moving to Lakeridge, move of the illegal alliens rent in apartments and convert the dining rooms into bedrooms.

    They really congregate at the London House, River Place, Palisades Park
    Townhomes, Fort Georgetown apartments and Belvedere building.

    It is never a dull moment at these places.

  23. Arlingtonian said on 15 May 2008 at 4:06 pm:
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    Where are the groups fighting Tejada re-election. I want to join!

  24. Advocator said on 15 May 2008 at 4:17 pm:
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    Why don’t you start one, Arlingtonian?

  25. MCabrera said on 6 Jul 2008 at 9:11 pm:
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    If you oppose accessory dwellings in Arlington, please sign this petition.


    I will present this petition to the County Board at the July 19, 2008 meeting.

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