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Job Training For Illegal Aliens In Arlington

By Greg L | 11 June 2008 | Arlington County, Illegal Aliens, Virginia Politics | 18 Comments

With the construction industry slowdown, immigrant laborers are spending some time homing their skills so that when the market rebounds, they can earn better wages, according to the Washington Post.  So far, so good.  ASTRACOR in conjunction with local labor unions and some undisclosed local government bodies, which is providing this job skills training with funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia, doesn’t seem to be taking any steps to ensure that illegal aliens don’t receive this training, which may be a violation of Virginia Code Section 63.2-503.1.  Taxpayer funds simply cannot be used by state or local government to provide benefits to illegal aliens.

Known as ASTRACOR, its initials in Spanish, the organization started with a grant of $200,000 from the state of Virginia. Local government officials, business leaders and members of the Construction & Master Laborers Local Union 11, which represents workers in commercial construction, founded the group.

If there is no actual relationship between local government and ASTRACOR, then they’ve managed to avail themselves of a loophole in the law that Delegate Jackson Miller attempted to close in 2007 with HB 2937.  If there is such a relationship, which is pretty likely given that Arlington Board Chairman Walter Tejada and Governor Tim Kaine are prominently pictured on the ASTRACOR website, then there’s a big problem.  Tejada and Kaine might want to provide public benefits to illegal aliens with taxpayer dollars, which seems to be the case, but their efforts to abet the unlawful presence of illegal aliens cannot be funded with your taxpayer dollars.  Were they supporting illegal aliens with thier own money, that would be a federal felony punishable by five years in federal prison.

This next session of the General Assembly, I hope Delegate Miller reintroduces this legislation in order to make sure that government can’t just hand off money to a private organization so it can do what the Commonwealth cannot legally do.  A clearer line here would be most helpful in cases like this.

UPDATE: a reader emailed ASTRACOR (in English) asking if it was OK to come to the classes if he was an undocumented immigrant.  The response he received, translated from Spanish is as follows:

When you come to our offices, the only thing that are required to register themselves with us is its direction and I number telephone. Classes of training: Ceramic Tile/: Saturday, June 28, and each Saturday after that of the 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 p.m. Plumbing: Tuesday and Thursday, starting July 8 of 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We request a 25$ donation to cover the materials and tools that use and I deposit of 25$ but that we returned to him when it finishes the classes.

So are they training illegal aliens with taxpayer dollars?  Without any doubt.

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  1. ladyxx said on 11 Jun 2008 at 10:35 pm:
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    OMG!!!!! I can’t believe how inept our government is. Will this madness ever end????

    Wake up people and make some noise. It is the only way you are going to stop this waste of money on illegal aliens.

  2. madmom said on 11 Jun 2008 at 10:43 pm:
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    (that was me - screaming)

  3. Popeye the Sailor said on 11 Jun 2008 at 11:10 pm:
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    Years ago, I saw the handwriting on the wall as a resident of
    South Arlington. It was time to move away and raise my
    children elsewhere. There must be something in the water.
    I’m sure that tomorrow morning, Jim Moran will have something
    to say in support. He is notorious for drinking some pretty
    strong “water”.

  4. A Reader said on 11 Jun 2008 at 11:17 pm:
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    What a bunch of fools! They are certainly putting out the welcome mat in Arlingon. We must get the word out to our illegals. They need to get in on this gravy train.

  5. Junes_Reston said on 12 Jun 2008 at 6:31 am:
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    Maybe it’s time to put the word out to out-of-work Americans that this program is available and FREE, courtesty of the VA Taxpayers.

    I’m sure there are even some stay-at-home Moms who would like to learn how to do some of the fix ups around the house - dry wall and simple electrical and plumbing.

    The Program is already in place and there’s really not much that can be done about that - if you want to make it back fire, load it up with Americans applying for the courses and demanding they be in English.

    There’s really no reason to be surprised that our General Assembly and Arlington County would fund programs like this with tax funded grants. Heck, Fairfax County has over $500,000 sitting in a bucket for day labor centers (that no one wants).

  6. freedom said on 12 Jun 2008 at 6:53 am:
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    Oh, American citizens are SURELY prohibited…don’t you know, programs such as this are designed to help the underpriviliged and downtrodden of our society…that we have so badly abused for so many years.

    cough, cough, cough…

  7. Krutis said on 12 Jun 2008 at 7:11 am:
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    Is it preferrable they, whoever they are, stay untrained and hang out at 7-11?

  8. Popeye the Sailor said on 12 Jun 2008 at 8:03 am:
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    Krutis, its preferable that they return to their country of
    origin and apply for legal immigration.

  9. Krutis said on 12 Jun 2008 at 8:09 am:
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    Of course, Popeye, that is preferable, but since they aren’t returning, isn’t it better that they are gainfully occupied?
    Just call it “foreign aid”!

  10. KP said on 12 Jun 2008 at 8:30 am:
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    On a better side (and maybe this will help a little)…

    “Bush: Companies required to confirm employee legal work status”


  11. monticup said on 12 Jun 2008 at 8:35 am:
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    Krutis, since they’re not returning, we need to help (ahem) them understand that they WANT to return home. Remember, the parasite eventually kills the host.

  12. Junes_reston said on 12 Jun 2008 at 9:07 am:
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    Interestingly, the WaPo presented another example of Virginia’s ineptitude


    Va. Substance-Abuse Funding Diverted in ‘06
    Finding Gaps in System, Audit Says $18 Million Went to Undetermined Programs

    “State funding for substance-abuse programs is taken from annual profits recorded by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The money is transferred into the state’s general fund, not to the agencies that provide counseling, group therapy and other programs. But state officials said that although the transfer to the general fund is mandated by state law, there is no language that specifies what happens to the money. ”

    OK, I have no proof, but doesn’t most of the “back door” funding for programs that assist illegal aliens come from the (hard to track) General Fund?

  13. Advocator said on 12 Jun 2008 at 10:19 am:
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    It may be time to start enforcing the VA code section you cite with something like a mandamus action.

  14. Che' said on 12 Jun 2008 at 10:40 am:
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    Krutis said on 12 Jun 2008 at 7:11 am:
    Is it preferrable they, whoever they are, stay untrained and hang out at 7-11?

    Calm down Krusty girl. They are getting training for construction, not chalupa making. Oy!

  15. Arlington Minority said on 12 Jun 2008 at 11:20 am:
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    This could be our last best hope of ridding our County of Jose Walther Tejada once and for all, if he is indicted for aiding and abetting the unlawful presence of illegals (apologies for this redundancy).

  16. Johnson said on 12 Jun 2008 at 11:40 am:
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    I see stories like the one here and it makes me think-does Kaine actually wonder why we don’t trust him to increase taxes and send the money where it’s supposed to go? Does he really think that we’re that stupid? Worse yet, ARE we that stupid?

  17. tired of messes said on 12 Jun 2008 at 11:49 am:
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    No Kurtis
    It is better if our Tax Dollars are spent on the many Americans and our homeless,of which many are war veterans.Lets use the money to help our citizens first. Believe me there are plenty out there that needs a lift for education and job training.

    Even our so called middle class are struggling with a home,utilities,food and Gas.Our teachers,police,firefighters,the regular troopers of our County Govt. do not make a living wage.

    And you want to give it away to Illegals that run across our Border.

    How Pathetic.

  18. Taco Truck Ted said on 12 Jun 2008 at 4:49 pm:
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    “Trading in tacos A new oppourtunity for construction related fields” will be taught in Adelphi all week long. Special Guest tutors will teach illegal alien survival including Casa 101 basics all illegals must know. I can’t wait to tie my storm door open 24/7 to let all know there is a room for rent.


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