Budgets are tight in Northern Virginia, and local elected officials in Prince William County are looking to economize on the “nice to have” programs while preserving the “must have” programs. Where various supervisors are drawing that line is a revealing. While Corey Stewart is dedicated to preserving public safety, it doesn’t seem that conviction is as universal as it should be.
Republican Chairman Corey Stewart said he did not think the [Section 287(g)] program would be reduced. He said he believed the cuts to the police department would be about 10 percent, if there were any.
Marty Nohe, R-Coles, wasn’t as sure.
“It’s really hard to say,” he said when asked about potentially scaling back the illegal immigration crackdown.
“There’s nothing [in the budget] that’s not a positive program,” he continued. “Now the question is going to have to be, ‘What are our key priorities?’ The top priority for local government is always going to be public safety.”
Excuse me, Mr. Nohe? Just how is the Section 287(g) Program not public safety?
This is the program that takes illegal aliens who commit crimes and ensures they’re turned over to ICE for deportation at the end of their sentences rather than be released back into the community. It’s the kind of program that might have prevented the deaths of Tessa Tranchant and Allison Kunhardt in 2007 by a drunken illegal alien driver who had four previous arrests and convictions in Virginia had it been in place there. It’s the program that has removed over a thousand criminal illegal aliens from Prince William County in the past year — illegal aliens who aren’t here to prey on county residents any longer, some of whom are considered so dangerous they would have been placed on the sex offender registry. This is something an elected official could possibly not be sure about? This is ridiculous.
Mr. Nohe might benefit from some input by his constituents in the Coles District. The ones who can legally vote for him, that is. They might help him understand that removing criminal illegal aliens from Prince William County might just be consdered a priority.
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