The editorial board of the Washington Post outdid itself today in their defense of lawlessness and indentured servitude with today’s editorial decrying the closure of the government-funded day labor center in Herndon. The Post contends that the situation in Herndon has worsened since the day labor center closed, an unfathomable contention that utterly ignores what has happened in the wake of this unlikely rescue of the Town of Herndon from the prospect of becoming one of Northern Virginia’s sanctuary jurisdictions. While it doesn’t entirely surprise me that the editorial board behaves as if they’ve never set foot in Prince William County, Herndon isn’t all that far for a privileged guilt-ridden liberal newspaper editor to travel to. They can’t inadvertently be this stupid.
Mr. Husch’s proposal is an unwitting admission that closing the center was a mistake. The center, which taught laborers English and provided them with small comforts such as coffee, kept workers from loitering. Before it opened, laborers jostled for work each morning outside a local 7-Eleven. It was a chaotic scene, and there were reports of public urination, fistfights and other misconduct. There haven’t been similar reports of misconduct since the center closed, but some residents say that the situation is worse now, because the laborers don’t confine themselves to the 7-Eleven.
The Post is correct that the closure of the day labor center, which was willfully supporting the unlawful employment of illegal aliens at public expense, hasn’t resulted in all of the day laborers leaving Herndon or finding some other way to take care of themselves. Unfortunately such simple solutions just don’t exist, but neither does any evidence that closing a day laborer center actually increases the number of day laborers congregating in a town, which is what the Post is contending. In the editorial page they can seemingly get away with citing “The reappearance of the laborers, who observers say number between 50 and 100, has irritated some citizens and officials,” whereas those accused of committing journalism usually make some effort to substantiate such allegations. But expecting the Post’s editorial board to do anything other than promote outright fantasies of liberal psychosis on this issue is stretching a bit. A lot.
In the reader comments on the article some residents who actually are familiar with the facts on the ground expressed their frustration of the Post’s selective perception on what happened. This response makes much more sense than the editorial by employing the novel idea of actually providing facts to support an argument. Maybe the Post should consider emulating this creative tactic when they try to make an argument next time.
Well it seems the Washington Post editors don’t get to Herndon very much.
The Herndon community had suffered for many years with a growing illegal immigration problem. Increasing numbers of day laborers, overcrowded housing, increasing crime and gang activity. Initially, Herndon set up the Neighborhood Resource Center and eventually a formal Day Labor Site. Conditions in Herndon actually got worse as a result. These support facilities actually attracted more illegal aliens to Herndon. Overcrowding complaints and crime actually increased during that period of time. The number of Day Laborers actually increased with the installation of the Formal Day Labor Site and there were still Day Laborers in the Elden and Alabama Drive area.
After the formal Day labor site was closed and the attempt to organize the Day Laborers by NDLON failed the number of Day Laborers declined in Herndon over the next six month to 15-20 individuals. We had not seen numbers that low in 5 to 10 years. The number of overcrowded complains dropped simultaneously. The collapse of the Construction industry and a declining economy appears to have increased the number of day laborers in local jurisdictions including Herndon.
Herndon residents voted out the council which build the Day Labor site three years ago and were re-elected in the May elections. Each and every person running for office in the May election was asked if they would support the re-establishment of a publicly funded Day Labor Site. NOT A SINGLE candidate answered Yes.
Building a Forma Day Labor site is like building a Union Hall for Bank Robbers. It aids and abets illegal activity while ignoring the community impact of the illegal activity.
Herndon continues to seek legal means to stop the community devastation caused by the Absolute Failure of the Federal Government to control its borders and enforce immigration laws throughout the country.
Ice should have swept up the illegal aliens at Elden and Alabama long before the formal site was created, but of course they could not be bothered with illegal aliens at day labor sites. Local communities are suffering because of their incompetence.
No one seems to have remarked on the irony at work here, however. Town officials are concerned about the potential of lawsuits from illegal aliens seeking to protect some sort of constitutional right to seek unlawful employment. They want to make sure the Town complies with legal provisions that may not exist, or even if they do may not apply, while the putative plaintiffs are engaging in this exercise only because they have violated the law. It’s a little like being afraid to ask the burglar in your house to leave because he might sue you for depriving him of the opportunity to prey upon you.
The Post is so consistently pathetic on this issue, you have to wonder how they can stay in business while they shill for those who break the law while excoriating those who want to see the law enforced. Given that their stock has lost one-third of its value since 2005 and one-quarter if its value this year, maybe we won’t have to contend with this idiocy indefinitely.
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