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The Final Report Is Now Available

By Greg L | 16 November 2010 | Illegal Aliens, Crime, Prince William County | 17 Comments

Here’s the link for UVA’s report on the impacts of the Rule of Law Resolution.

UPDATE: Here’s an additional link for the report, and there’s now a presentation that goes along with it.

UPDATE 2: I’m told that Mexicans Without Borders has managed to slither out from whatever rock they’ve been hiding lately to play damage control and demand this now-proven policy be rescinded.  Citizens might want to show up at the evening session at 7:30 to thank the Board for remaining committed and dismissing the falsehoods Mexicanos Sin Fronteras tried to peddle.

UPDATE 3: Press Release on this is below the fold…

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA . . . In 2008, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors took the unprecedented step of commissioning the University of Virginia Center for Survey Research to conduct an unbiased, social-scientific investigation on the impact the immigration policy would have on the local community.

Today, the University of Virginia Center for Survey Research, supported by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and James Madison University (JMU), reports its findings of the impact that Prince William County’s Illegal Immigration Enforcement Policy has had on dealing with the challenges of illegal immigration.

The report focuses on the County’s police efforts to implement the policy adopted by the Board of County Supervisors in July 2008. One of the main findings of the report is the following:

“One implication of Prince William’s experience is inescapable,” states the report. “It is indeed possible for a local government to have an impact on its experience with illegal immigration, despite the national scope of the problem and the primacy of the federal government in dealing with the issue.”

The report acknowledges the intended goals and potential challenges that have been articulated regarding the policy. Despite much controversy and argument on all sides of the issue, the report objectively illustrates the actual impacts of the policy. Of note are the following findings:

* Although relatively speaking, illegal immigrants account for a small to modest percent of most crime, the following crimes were impacted:
o Aggravated assault declined substantially since the policy was announced – The report argues that “this decline coincided very closely with the announcement of the policy, which makes it less likely that the drop was precipitated by factors like the County’s economic trends or other PWCPD crime-reduction initiatives.”
o There was a sharp decline in serious hit-and-run accidents – The researchers conclude that “this change is a direct result of the policy and the departure of illegal immigrants, since illegal immigrants would have obvious incentives to leave the scene of a traffic accident and the reduction seems less likely to be linked to possible changes in reporting of incidents.”
* The policy provides a reasonable method for addressing the illegal immigration issue in the community – The report notes that the policy “mandates immigration checks only for arrestees, [and] appears to be a reasonable way of targeting illegal immigrants who commit criminal violations.”
* The police reputation was not irreparably damaged – The report notes that, initially, there was a dissatisfaction and distrust of the police, particularly in the Hispanic community. However, it points out that “chilly relations with Hispanics warmed fairly rapidly,” and “overall satisfaction with the police was fully restored among Hispanics by 2010.”
* Prince William County is viewed by its residents, regardless of race or ethnicity, as inclusive and as a great place to live – In comparing Hispanic to non-Hispanic sentiments, the report notes that both remain satisfied with Prince William County and both rate Prince William County as a desirable place to live.
* There is no evidence of racial profiling – The report notes “we can say with assurance that no detectable pattern of over-enthused immigration enforcement developed among the County’s police officers, and we heard nothing from any quarter about any [officers] abusing their discretion on this issue.”
* The fear of costly litigation stemming from the policy never materialized – The report points out the fact that only two lawsuits have been filed as a result of the policy. The first was a class action lawsuit filed against the County seeking to have the policy overturned. The second included peripheral allegations of profiling resulting from a Police arrest. The Court has thrown out all legal challenges to the policy and all allegations of racial profiling.
* There was no exodus of legal immigrants, and the largest immigrant population (Hispanics) remained stable – The report finds that “substantial numbers of illegal immigrants did leave the County, and it is reasonable to suppose that some legal immigrants also chose to leave.” However, “the fact that the size of the Hispanic community remained stable as the illegal immigrants departed, and the age structure of the Hispanic community changed significantly after the policy was introduced, both suggest that more acculturated Hispanics remained and/or took the place of the illegal immigrants (and legal immigrants) who did choose to leave.”

“This report confirms what we have argued all along – Prince William County’s Illegal Immigration Enforcement Policy and the Police Department’s enforcement of the policy is fair, non-discriminatory, and has made a positive impact on our community,” said Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “Prince William County serves as a model for how other localities and states can deal with the issues brought on by the federal government’s unwillingness to address the problems with current immigration practices. By identifying and reporting arrested criminals who are in this country illegally, localities send a strong message that criminal illegal aliens are not welcome in their community. Through extensive training of our Police officers and educating our citizens, we are able to build trust and ensure the safety of all of our residents. I hope that other localities will follow our lead.”

The “Evaluation Study of Prince William County Illegal Immigration Enforcement Policy” is a report of a three-year, interdisciplinary evaluation study of the illegal immigration policy in Prince William County. The study was requested by the Board at the time the policy was passed into law and was funded by Prince William County. The research team was a collaboration of researchers at the University of Virginia, the Police Executive Research Forum and James Madison University.

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  1. hazegray said on 16 Nov 2010 at 2:24 pm:
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    A quick scan of the presentation seems to show a fair and balanced evaluation of the issue, which is all you could want…

  2. Robert L. Duecaster said on 16 Nov 2010 at 3:15 pm:
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    As I watch the presentation and absorb the plethora of data presented, it’s apparent that the ROLR was extremely successful in achieving its goals. Supervisor Stirrup and all those who stood behind him and supported him deserve the highest praise.

  3. Riley said on 17 Nov 2010 at 12:15 am:
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    FLASHBACK: Frank Principi proposes repealing the Rule of Law Resolution in 2008.


    That didn’t work out so well for him.


  4. VA_Magoo said on 17 Nov 2010 at 9:15 am:
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    May this become the basis for more “local” immigration enforcement across the State and the Nation. Who better to handle local problems than the locals effected?

  5. Greg L said on 17 Nov 2010 at 10:58 am:
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    I thought this report was particularly interesting:

    Prince William’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Policy Analyzed

    Peggy Fox 14 hrs ago http://www.wusa9.com/rss/local_article.aspx?storyid=120517
    WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA) - “It’s great news, it’s affirmed everything we’ve been saying over the last three years,” says Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart, who pushed through an anti-immigration policy that produced both praise around the nation and large protests here at home.

    The policy requires police to check the immigration status of everyone arrested and alerts ICE if they’re not here legally.

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010, researchers from the University of Virginia released their study of the policy and found it did work in decreasing the numbers of illegal immigrants in Prince William County and decreased the number of crimes.

    “The drop in our overall crime rate, and violent crimes. A 47% reduction in aggravated assault, which the University of Virginia has attributed to the implementation of this policy. For all the grief our county and the board and the police department received in 2007, the benefits are there for everyone to see,” said Stewart.

    But John Steinbach, with Mexicans Without Borders, doesn’t see it that way.

    “It’s been three years of terror,” says Steinbach.

    The study found the Hispanic populations in every Northern Virginia county increased except for Prince William. John Steinbach says that’s because the policy gives the county a bad reputation.

    “This county has been forever changed, it’s been torn apart. And in a real sense, Corey Stewart and the Board of Supervisors brought shame to our community. We’ve been called the ‘nation’s capital of intolerance,’” said Steinbach.

    Steinbach has been fighting Stewart’s efforts to make the policy state law, but Stewart say he’s encouraged to take it statewide and perhaps nationwide.

    Written by Peggy Fox
    9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

  6. chicken little said on 17 Nov 2010 at 11:17 am:
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    That last comment reminds me of the anti biddies going crazy and calling PWC the “nation’s capital of racism”.

    Funny - I don’t see the county as being torn apart, I see it as moving towards cohesiveness.

  7. Isophorone said on 17 Nov 2010 at 11:20 am:
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    National Review Online had some interesting commentary as well:


  8. Robert L. Duecaster said on 17 Nov 2010 at 12:19 pm:
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    Steinbach’s comment, “It’s been three years of terror,” is reminiscent of what I told the Board back in ‘07: People who gain entry to this country by wading across a river, or by overstaying their visas, or by stuffing themselves in the cargo areas of trucks SHOULD be afraid.” If they’re not afraid, our governments, at all levels, are not doing their jobs. Steinbach wants our borders destroyed. Since a country is defined by its borders, by implication he wants our country destroyed.

  9. Doug Brown said on 17 Nov 2010 at 12:25 pm:
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    “The drop in our overall crime rate, and violent crimes. A 47% reduction in aggravated assault, which the University of Virginia has attributed to the implementation of this policy.”


    “’It’s been three years of terror,’ says Steinbach.”

    The juxtaposition of those two quotes pretty much sums up the assualt that illegals and their supporters have inflicted on the community to which they claim to be members. Steinbach should be arrested and prosecuted under RICO. Steinbach’s whining reminds me of the look on the face of the mugger who attempted to rob my future’s wife purse after she threw him to the ground. Life’s a bit.h when the victim fights back, hey Johnny?

  10. madmom said on 17 Nov 2010 at 12:34 pm:
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    You’re the “terror” Steinbach.

  11. Johnson said on 17 Nov 2010 at 1:31 pm:
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    I haven’t noticed any “terror” on my biweekly visits to Manassas. I have noticed fewer hispanics on the streets. Are they hiding out on the weekends? Drinking at home? Why don’t they just go to Maryland or California, where they can vote?

  12. madmom said on 17 Nov 2010 at 1:51 pm:
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    Last night at the 7/11 at Mathis and Liberia, there was a group of Hispanics just sitting there like it was their living room. One guy was so drunk, he was hanging onto a tree limb to keep from falling down.

    @ Johnson - they might well have gone to Maryland, if you ever go through Langley Park, you might think you are in another country.

  13. Jaspar said on 17 Nov 2010 at 2:42 pm:
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    Steinbach is pissed off because he failed his recent colonoscopy - they found a jalapeno growing from his rectal wall.

  14. Casanova Frankenstein said on 17 Nov 2010 at 2:43 pm:
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    That can be Maryland’s new tourism slogan — “Maryland, It’s Like A Whole Other Country…”

  15. park'd said on 17 Nov 2010 at 5:21 pm:
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    There are just as many illegals here now as there ever were. Anybody that says differently is a forking liar. Drive down 234 or 28 lately? 3 out of 4 cars are filled with Hispanic men in a ‘91 civic with out of state tags. Yeah, I’m sure they are without a doubt upstanding, taxpaying citizens. Give me a break…

  16. USA said on 18 Nov 2010 at 5:04 am:
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    Bottom line is this: thank your delegates for not passing, and demanding enforcement of, tough, unambiguous common sense laws against hiring illegals.

    But then, if you want an honest reply, be sure to enclose a check large enough to match the checks they receive from the builders, restaurateurs, landscapers and the rest of those pillars of society who keep these criminals employed.

    For those squeamish legislators who attempt the preemption cop out - remind them of the state of Arizona……

    You know, the state with an American governor and American sheriffs.

  17. park'd said on 18 Nov 2010 at 8:59 am:
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    You all HAVE been thanking Wolf for doing jack shiz every 2 years by reelecting him. Same with Connolly. They keep getting reelected so in their eyes they must be doing the right thing.

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