Finally we have an answer from the Chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee as to why they aren’t going to allow debate on bills that would address illegal immigration in Virginia. Senator Henry Marsh claims he “didn’t want to take up time with them” according to a report from Delegate Scott Lingamfelter. Three people in Manassas are murdered by a criminal illegal alien, the Senate doesn’t have time to deal with the issue, and Senator Chuck Colgan says nothing.
So what does Senator Marsh think is more important than protecting Virginians from criminal illegal aliens who commit mass murder? He was the chief patron of nineteen bills this session that the Senate apparently did have time to consider, including bills to convey property from Virginia Commonwealth University to the City of Richmond, allowing waivers of fines assessed upon criminals, and some perhaps critically important measure involving establishing offices of the Commissioners of Revenue. All of those bills got a hearing and a vote. When the very lives of Virginians were at stake though, measures to address criminal illegal aliens weren’t apparently important enough.
On the fifty bills that Senator Marsh co-patroned, each of which the Senate considered worthy enough to spend time on, we had such essential initiatives as mandating reports for the Commonwealth Investment Fund, a commendation for Fairfax Innova Hospital, exemptions for spaceport activities from taxes, designations of “scenic rivers”, and commemorating the 90th anniversary of the founding of something called “The Little Oil Company.” Some of these were doubtless issues well worth the time spent on them in the Senate, and I don’t necessarily fault the Senate for doing so. Yet of the Senate has the time to take up the issue of whether we should be spending public dollars on “workforce skills enhancement training programs” to help people have jobs, it might seem that initiatives that would help Virginians live long enough to actually fill the jobs they might qualify for after they complete the training would be wise.
Of course none of this is happening without the assent of our Senator, Chuck Colgan, the number one seniority member of the Senate and Chairman of the all-powerful Senate Finance Committee. If Senator Colgan ever bothered to have a quick chat with Senator Marsh and explain to him that his constituents were being murdered by criminal illegal aliens and that it would be a big favor if Senator Marsh would find some time to consider the ten bills Senator Marsh unceremoniously had killed, I’m pretty sure that little weasel would quickly agree. You don’t say no to the guy who controls the budget process in the Senate, which is the last item of business taken up during the session just for the purpose of allowing Finance Committee Chairmen to bludgeon other members of their body into complete submission. You say no, and suddenly bad things start to happen to all the appropriations in your district. Senators don’t say no. They don’t, ever.
That leaves me to wonder just what would it take for Senator Colgan to actually wield the power he tells us all he has in the Senate. Would it take more than three of his constituents being killed during the session? Would Colgan awake from his slumbers if half a dozen of his constituents were slaughtered? Or two dozen? At what point does Chuck Colgan lean back in his posh chair in his lush corner office in the General Assembly Building and decide that hey, you know, too many of my people are getting killed now, and maybe I ought to do something about that? How much does it cost in lives for the Senate to have time to consider initiatives that would save lives, and what does it take for those lives to be more important than the anniversary of the “Little Oil Company?”
I’ve been scouring for all the public statements from Senator Colgan about what he intends to do to protect his constituents from violent crime committed by criminal illegal aliens and what he’s going to do as a result of Senator Henry Marsh leaving his own constituents to die as a result of the Commonwealths utter lack of action for the past four years because of Senate intransigence on the issue. So far, he’s said nothing. Not a thing. That doesn’t lend one to have much confidence in Senator Colgan’s interest in doing anything to address this issue, at all.
Take note readers, and remember in November. That’s when you get to say something.
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