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By Greg L | 27 September 2008 | Illegal Aliens, Prince William County | 27 Comments

Alexandria has pretty much declared itself a sanctuary jurisdiction for illegal aliens, making it perfectly clear that it will not take any action to discourage the unlawful presence of illegal aliens unless required to do so by law.  As a result, they’ve seen an influx of students that taxpayers are now responsible for, and from the looks of their explanations, it’s pretty clear that there’s a significant component within this enrollment increase of illegal aliens.  Here’s where the impacts of bad policy begin to appear.

From News Channel 8:

School officials say there’s not one specific reason for the increase, but point to the economy. They say gas prices and the high foreclosure rate in Fairfax County are forcing families to move to Alexandria. In addition, they say the crackdown on illegal immigration in Prince William County is bringing more families to Alexandria.

“That is definitely a concern if class sizes go up,” said parent Dorthe Levine. “Where do we put all the students?”

Indeed.  Just how does a locality deal with a sudden influx of transferring students without negatively impacting the students already there?  They can’t build new schools in time to deal with this, so the unavoidable immediate impact is increased class sizes, and that’s to the inevitable detriment to existing students.

Note that the Rule of Law Resolution is a significant factor in all of this.  While Prince William County is encouraging illegal aliens to leave and seeing decreases in enrollment, Fairfax (keeping the “welcome mat” out for illegal aliens) and Alexandria and Arlington (NOVA’s explicit sanctuary jurisdictions) are having the burden of supporting the unlawful presence of illegal aliens that imposes some dramatic costs and resource crises.  We had these jurisdictions try to lecture Prince William County while we had to bear these costs and impacts, but now that some of the costs and impacts have been shifted to them, they’re either completely confused about how they might deal with these challenges, or whining to state and federal authorities about how they need more financial support.  Looking back at their ignorant lectures, there’s a rather satisfying sense of vindication here.

Probably the largest fiscal impact of illegal immigration is in local schools, not only because of increased enrollment, but that ESOL students cost 50% more to educate than students who speak English as their primary language.  If Prince William Continues to shift this burden to other localities which refuse to address the illegal alien issue on their own, all the better for Prince William County taxpayers.  It also serves as a pretty clear demonstration for other localities about the fiscal irresponsibility of disregarding the problem, and may encourage them to stop coddling illegal aliens and start exercising some responsibility towards legal taxpayers.

Note: This post has been updated to correct my lack of distinction between Arlington and the City of Alexandria. In terms of their policies, they are rather difficult to distinguish.



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27 Comments

  1. FactChecker said on 27 Sep 2008 at 10:39 pm:
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    Gee, Walter Tejada, county board chairman in ARLINGTON, is running Alexandria too?

  2. Former COM employee said on 27 Sep 2008 at 10:43 pm:
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    Greg, you should either correct this or take it down immediately. I think that you are starting to believe that you are more important than your cause and it doesn’t matter what you write, people will take it as fact.

  3. CitizenofManassas said on 27 Sep 2008 at 10:57 pm:
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    Hey defending of illegals, sorry that you have never made a typo. I’m sure Greg will fix it. Though, really is there a huge difference between Arlington and Alexandria? Both are liberal Cities that support illegals.

    This is not about Greg thinking he is larger than the issue, just a simple typo.

  4. Factchecker said on 27 Sep 2008 at 11:18 pm:
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    Citizen of Manassas, which is the “simple typo”? Is it mentioning Tejada? Is it mentioning Alexandria 3 times (4 if you include the News 8 quote)? Did he mean to write Arlington those three times. Then why the News 8 quote that was about Alexandria? Did he mean to mention Alexandria’s leadership instead of Tejada? Then why the mention of “accessory dwellings,” which was Tejada’s plan?

    Which is the “simple typo” again? And both Alexandria and Arlington are “cities” to you? Which one is the one that is the “explicit sanctuary jurisdiction” Greg mentions?

  5. CitizenofManassas said on 28 Sep 2008 at 12:14 am:
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    Factchecker,

    I think it has been fixed. So, do you have anymore complaints? Or, do you just want to ignore more stories about illegals?

  6. Ducky said on 28 Sep 2008 at 12:46 am:
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    The article Greg cites very specifically states that the increase of 500 students in enrollment is limited strictly to Alexandria city. It makes no mention of Arlington, other parts of Fairfax country, or any other jurisdiction. That is a significant distinction.

  7. Factchecker said on 28 Sep 2008 at 12:55 am:
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    The original post made no mention of Arlington at all. It just talked about Alexandria, which it erroneously said was led by Walter Tejada and made mention of his “accessory dwelling” policy. In the second version, Greg added bits about Arlington, removed Tejada and other related material, rewrote some things, etc. His wording on his fix doesn’t mention that, hence some confusion.

  8. Anonymous said on 28 Sep 2008 at 1:05 am:
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    I hope Alexandria chokes on these illegal aliens glomming on their taxpayers and finally understands that policies like these are just plain stupid. Taxpayers shouldn’t be supporting illegal aliens.

  9. CitizenofManassas said on 28 Sep 2008 at 1:09 am:
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    Still, the typos did not take away from the story or add to the story, and it is not as if Greg made the story up, or reported it as a rumor. Stop trying to ignore and smoke screen for the illegals.

  10. freedom said on 28 Sep 2008 at 7:42 am:
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    Factchecker, you could be much more helpful if, instead of proofreading Greg’s work, you’d simply send money to the school systems of Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax to help them fund the education of illegal alien students. Some of those people up there just simply can’t afford the additional burden. :(

    Oh, but before you write that check, take a look at Greg’s previous post — those people don’t believe in compliance with the law either.

  11. Dave in PWC said on 28 Sep 2008 at 9:20 am:
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    Hope everyone in Alexandria will enjoy what we here in PWC have “enjoyed” for the past several years…

    Waiting to hear what the enrollment is in our schools. Should be any day now as I wait in my house watching an illegal getting arrested for license plate fraud. And how do I know he’s an illegal you might wonder? Well I asked him and he said he was from Mexico and crossed the border a few years ago.

    If Americans were doing this crime they would have changed the year I would hope, not change the month from August to November and leave the year alone.

  12. BattleCat said on 28 Sep 2008 at 9:25 am:
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    Arlington, Alexandria….what’s the difference again?

  13. Johnson said on 28 Sep 2008 at 10:34 am:
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    Battle Cat-

    Both begin with the letter “A” as in, “A…” . Ooops! G-rated posts only, please. Seriously, note that the liberal posters offer no solutions. Freedom already said it, dig deep and give till it hurts. Isn’t that how socialism works? Liberals love to declare how accepting they are, until the bill comes due. Perhaps a poll tax? PWC stopped wasting their resources, passed some common sense resolutions to make it unpleasant for criminals to take advantage of them and are now better off for it. If the liberals want sanctuary cities, then they should shoulder the tax burden on their own. The state should not be required to fund their idealism. Virginia is already facing a deficit. If the commonwealth had enacted the suggestions given years ago on ejecting illegals, we would all be more prosperous. The northern counties should secede to Maryland and become one hug Montgomery County. I’m sure that Ike Leggett would welcome the tax revenue.

  14. monticup said on 28 Sep 2008 at 10:38 am:
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    Good points, BattleCat and freedom. Pro-illegals are trying to divert attention from the real issue, again.

  15. TedKennedysSwimInstructor said on 28 Sep 2008 at 12:05 pm:
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    Mi-Barrio Restaurant at 9203 Prescott Ave. in Manassas openly employs illegal aliens from El Salvador. How can this be reported?

  16. Anonymous said on 28 Sep 2008 at 12:09 pm:
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    I sincerely believe that those who protect illegal aliens in this country have a much broader and more sinister objective…they don’t REALLY care about these people. In their offense, they accuse those of us who expect compliance with law as being racists…but that’s a smokescreen for their real and true objective…http://vaf.wikidot.com/building-dictators

  17. Bridget said on 28 Sep 2008 at 12:44 pm:
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    “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” - Jefferson

    This is what Bush meant when he touted the “Ownership Society” … we are going to be owned by the Dems …

    http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/008054.html

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2092388/posts

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2092285/posts

    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/09/28/franks_fingerprints_are_all_over_the_financial_fiasco/

    http://tsfiles.wordpress.com/2008/09/22/what-got-us-into-the-mortgage-crisis/

    http://revolutionradio.org/2008/06/19/congress-and-the-countrywide-scandal/

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2091975/posts

    http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2092288/posts

    http://blog.vdare.com/archives/2008/09/27/wachovia-latest-diversity-debauched-bank-to-seek-help/

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2091992/posts

  18. BattleCat said on 28 Sep 2008 at 1:48 pm:
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    Ole Barney “I talk like a 4 year old” Frank was on CNN this morning implying that those who disagree with Carter’s Community Reinvestment Act, that requires banks to give loans to non-credit-worthy people discriminatory racists. No wonder we’re where we are.

  19. Love The USA said on 28 Sep 2008 at 1:50 pm:
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    TedKennedysSwimInstructor said on 28 Sep 2008 at 12:05 pm:
    “Mi-Barrio Restaurant at 9203 Prescott Ave. in Manassas openly employs illegal aliens from El Salvador. How can this be reported?”

    Gather as much information as possible before calling in a report. Depending on the nature of your report, you should gather as many accurate names, addresses, phone numbers, and details such as vehicle tag numbers etc. before you call. You should also make notes on times and dates of events and have this information in hand.

    YOU SHOULD ONLY FILE A REPORT IF YOU HAVE REASONABLE EVIDENCE AND/OR BELIEF OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITY.

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
    866-347-2423
    1-866-DHS-2ICE
    Contact ICE to report illegal aliens, employers that hire illegal labor, smugglers, document fraud, and other crimes by illegal aliens. Bilingual services are offered. Confidential reporting is allowed. ICE operates under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

  20. freedom said on 28 Sep 2008 at 3:11 pm:
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    Absolutely, BattleCat…we don’t need MORE governmental oversight, but instead, less governmental meddling.

    Businessmen will on their own, lend money to as many people as they can (that’s how investors make money) provided they have demonstrated the financial responsibility to repay the loans. The Community Reinvestment Act and the resulting financial melt-down is but one more example of socialism in action. Bless Jimmy Carter and more importantly, Bill Clinton.

  21. Citizen12 said on 28 Sep 2008 at 3:38 pm:
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    In my own (conspiracy driven) humble opinion…

    Arlington, Alexandria or in hundreds of places across America today, the bigger picture comes into focus.

    Subversion
    n.
    ruin, overthrow, subversive activities, un-American activities, destruction

    Some people are finally seeing a connection here.

    Excerpt from the Republican Party Platform:

    It means requiring cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement and real consequences, including the denial of federal funds, for self-described sanctuary cities, which stand in open defiance of the federal and state statutes that expressly prohibit such sanctuary policies, and which endanger the lives of U.S. citizens.

    More than a plank in a political platform, this should be the defining statement for the charges brought against the politicians who currently support and actively pursue the political subversion taking place all across America today.

    The people behind this are not about getting these invaders jobs. It’s more about getting control via their subversive activities. Period.

    Subversive activity is the lending of aid, comfort, and moral support to individuals, groups, or organizations that advocate the overthrow of incumbent governments by force and violence. (1)

    An entire country or a small local government, the game plan is pretty much the same.

    The neoimperialist movement uses the term ‘political subversion’ to describe a method of taking complete control of or annexing a foreign state by gaining a majority in the foreign state’s government using representatives loyal to the government of the core-state of a neoimperialistic empire.(1)

    In other words, they realize that the way to get what they want is through the control of the political system, not just demanding it in the streets. So they have, and they will.

    Definitions clipped from 1.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subversion_(politics)

  22. tipline said on 28 Sep 2008 at 9:52 pm:
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    “Mi-Barrio Restaurant at 9203 Prescott Ave. in Manassas openly employs illegal aliens from El Salvador. How can this be reported?”

    1-866-DHS2ICE — you don’t need to give your name. Call from a payphone if you really feel like you need to.

  23. Johnson said on 29 Sep 2008 at 12:28 pm:
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    A place to call home, if only for a while.

    http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-09-29-0133.html

  24. Johnson said on 29 Sep 2008 at 12:32 pm:
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    Sheriff Arpaio for President!

    http://www.kpho.com/news/17575341/detail.html?rss=pho&psp=news

  25. Dave in PWC said on 29 Sep 2008 at 7:36 pm:
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    Johnson,

    Let’s hope they don’t try and use illegal immigrant labor to build the detention center otherwise they might be the first occupants.

  26. Dave in PWC said on 29 Sep 2008 at 9:02 pm:
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    Looks like City of Manassas still has issues with mobs

    http://www.insidenova.com/isn/news/local/article/trio_charged_with_assault_by_mob/21881/

  27. The Bulletproof Monk said on 30 Sep 2008 at 11:23 pm:
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    I hope Alexandria chokes on these illegal aliens glomming on their taxpayers and finally understands that policies like these are just plain stupid. Taxpayers shouldn’t be supporting illegal aliens.

    DITTO.
    I also will help set up directions in Spanish to direct them there in large numbers…ala Bill O’reilly’s plug for San Francisco as a sanctuary sometime back. When the nubers of illegals swell…they’ll notice, but they’ll have bankrupt themselves by that time.

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