Remember when Chuck Colgan told people last election he was going to be tough on illegal immigration? Guess what folks — he recently voted to provide illegal aliens with preferential in-state tuition rates in SB 1037 even though federal law prohibits providing such benefits. I guess campaign promises aren’t what they used to be. Of course, this bill patroned by serial miscreant Emmett Hangar sailed right out of the Senate of Virginia on a vote of 31 to 9, demonstrating once again how utterly abysmal the Senate of Virginia is as a result of voters re-electing fools like Chuck Colgan and Emmett Hangar as their representatives.
In order to make this garbage bill a little more appealing, Hangar had to dress it up with a lot of feel-good ornamentation that raises either significant questions about his competence, or questions about his judgment of having idiots in the illegal alien lobby draft his bills for him. Hangar created a bunch of complete non-issues to address in this legislation that he could use to promote this atrocity, as Virtucon points out:
Aside from the normal objections that are raised to giving illegal immigrants any type of benefits or rights whatsoever, let’s look at the practicality of this bill. First of all, let’s deal with the provisions outlined. As for allowing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants who have served or are serving on active duty in the US military, this shouldn’t be a consideration at all as illegal immigrants cannot serve. In order to serve on active duty one must reside in the United States legally, either as a citizen or through an immigration program. That requirement is a waste of time, ink and paper.
The student must have paid taxes for three years prior to receiving in-state tuition. Acknowledging the fact that all over the country there is a growing trend among illegal immigrants to file taxes to prove their good will and positive intentions, one must wonder how many illegal immigrants have actually risked identifying themselves through the process of tax filing. So…how many students are we really talking about here? This is just more waste of ink, paper and time.
The eagle-eyed Chuck Colgan, who could seemingly divine constitutional problems in requiring Virginia businesses to participate in a federal employment eligibility program apparently missed the clear violation of 8 U.S.C. 1623 in this proposed legislation, distracted by the idea that illegal aliens are somehow serving in the armed forces, or receiving inadequate recognition for paying taxes on illegal labor that was likely facilitated with identity fraud. This selective perception problem, not unlike his contention that all foreign nationals from El Salvador in the area are legal economic refugees despite us deporting about thirty of them each month for being illegal aliens is deeply troubling.
No doubt when Colgan takes a look at the equally atrocious SB 1436 he’ll think that protecting illegal aliens from questions about their immigration status is a good idea as well. No other protections exist in Virginia law preventing police officers from asking questions when investigating a crime, but a bunch of legislators including even Morgan Griffith think that it’s a good idea to legally prohibit officers from asking people reporting a crime about their immigration status in every case, rather than let departmental policies to this effect dictate officer conduct. For the most part officers wouldn’t do that, but there could be some cases when they’d want to. Instead of letting department policy manage this process, officers could end up getting prosecuted for doing their job when those exceptions are necessary.
What Colgan will almost certainly overlook is that this kind of protection will not extend to any other group of people than suspected illegal aliens. Officers will still legally be permitted to ask people reporting crimes about whether they’ve participated in any other criminal activity, as long as it’s not violations of federal immigration laws. You report a crime, and officers can ask you anything, and investigate anything related to a potential crime. If you’re an illegal alien, you get special protection because the General Assembly can’t stomach the idea that they might be held to the same standards of behavior that apply to citizens.
It’s clearly not just Chuck Colgan who is the problem here, but with such a wide array of enablers in the Senate, including Ken Stolle, Tommy Norment, Walter Stosch, and Richard Stuart in addition to the Dick Saslaw-led elected official’s illegal alien lobby it’s certain that what comes out of the Senate is often going to be a bunch of irresponsible and ludicrous garbage. It doesn’t help all that much when folks like Dave Albo, Morgan Griffith, Manoli Loupassi and Tom Rust — all patrons of HB 1436 — are working to the same effect in the House, and demonstrating such faithfulness in delivering on their campaign promises to help reduce illegal immigration in the Commonwealth just like Chuck Colgan.
Our elected officials have collectively lost their minds.
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