A number of people have reached out to me today expressing concerns over an editorial-as-news-article published in the Washington Post this weekend, where the paper claimed that Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart has backed off from protecting our community from the effects of illegal immigration. I think the paper let their bias get in the way of actually committing journalism, but rather than try to argue with the quotes a reporter decided to print, I figure the better means of figuring out what Corey Stewart stands for is to watch him in action.
With the economic downturn and an increasing number of Virginians out of work, Corey is interested in moving forward in requiring that at least all new hires in county goverenment are screened under the federal E-Verify program to ensure they are legally eligible for employment. If Corey Stewart failed to follow through on this and let illegal aliens take the jobs that should be going to American citizens and legal immigrants, you can conclude that your concerns were valid. If in short order Corey Stewart starts getting Prince William County to follow the lead of Manassas City, Manassas Park City, and now the Town of Herndon, you’ll have your proof that once again the Washington Post doesn’t report the news, they report the political talking points endorsed by their editorial board.
So watch and see. The Washington Post and a number of political opponents might want to believe Corey Stewart is running away from his principles, which would be awfully convenient for them. That doesn’t mean that their attempts to manufacture truth have anything to do with reality.
From the DC Examiner’s article about Herndon mandating the E-Verify program we see a more factual description of Corey Stewart’s policies than we could ever expect from the Washington Post:
“I think that’s a positive step forward” for Herndon, said Corey Stewart, the Board of Supervisors chairman in Prince William County, which has adopted the most aggressive crackdown on illegal immigrants in the region.
He said that although the Prince William board is currently “completely focused” on budget issues, the E-Verify system is something he thinks the supervisors should bring up later in the year.
Having seen both papers cover this issue up close, my money is on the Examiner to get it right far more often than the Post.
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