Tomorrow the Prince William Board of County Supervisors will release the long-awaited independent evaluation on the effects of the Rule of Law Resolution that was conducted by UVA over the past several years. We’ve heard wild claims from the illegal alien lobby for years about how the Resolution supposedly is destroying the county, and tomorrow those claims will either be validated or laid to rest.
I’ll be especially interested to see the evaluation on Chief Deane’s oft-repeated mantra that enforcing the law supposedly discourages crime reporting. Deane swore up and down back when the Resolution was being considered that this was going to negatively impact cooperation with law enforcement by minority communities, and has steadfastly refused to consider that the Resolution has had any impact on crime rates in the county. The study is specifically tasked with evaluating these claims, and the empirical evidence thus far has pretty clearly stated that Chief Deane was at least terribly misinformed, to be charitable.
Also of note will be how the hand-wringing claims of the illegal alien lobby about how these pretty modest efforts would turn Prince William County into a haven for jack-booted thugs to engage in racially-based policing will stand up to independent evaluation. The didn’t warn this might happen if we weren’t careful, they breathlessly guaranteed to us that it would no matter what. Were they engaged in wholesale fabrications for political purposes? Or were they right? Tomorrow an independent assessment will tell us.
Now I’m not all that confident this report will answer every question, nor that the answers it contains will be entirely beyond criticism. What I am pretty certain of is that what we’ve seen with our own eyes — that the Rule of Law Resolution has had a tremendously positive impact on our community — will be validated by unbiased, third-party academic study.
We’ve waited a long time for this study to benchmark where we are and where we can make improvements. Tomorrow the window opens up to start addressing what else needs to be done to reduce the impacts of illegal immigration on our community, to help ensure legal residents and citizens can find work, and promote public safety. It has been a long wait, but a necessary one in order to ensure that we’re being as responsible as possible in the formulation of public policy as well as effective in achieving better outcomes for the community.
Tomorrow should be an interesting day.
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