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Virginia Senate: We Don’t Have Time For You

By Greg L | 21 February 2011 | Illegal Aliens, 29th VA Senate, Crime, Virginia Senate | 16 Comments

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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  1. zuzu said on 21 Feb 2011 at 11:26 pm:
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    Just about everyone I’ve talked to around here (Manassas) has had it with him, ESPECIALLY after the GTS murders. Never has “silence” been so deafening. That’s ok, Sen. Colgan, come November, we’ll turn our backs on you just like you’ve turned yours on us.

  2. Kris Day said on 22 Feb 2011 at 12:56 am:
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    I can’t wait for November. Who might run? If there’s a decent candidate to oppose Sen. Colgan, I want to help with his or her election campaign.

  3. Maureen said on 22 Feb 2011 at 5:43 am:
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    Senator Colgans son wrote a very good piece about his father on another thread. I believe he is a nice guy but all I know is that after a couple of attempts to speak with him I haven’t been able to.

    Maybe it’s the subject matter, maybe he doesn’t care, I don’t know and I don’t care. What I will remember in November is that he couldn’t be bothered.

    I’m going to try again to speak with him, lets see if it’s a waste of time.

  4. Donald said on 22 Feb 2011 at 9:58 am:
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    I like Chuck Colgan, his office has always been able to help me out.

    Gets my vote each time.

  5. Anonymous said on 22 Feb 2011 at 11:42 am:
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    Retirement to Colombia will suit him just fine. He won’t have to hear about those “pesky” illegals in Vieginia. I hope his conscience is clear.

  6. Maureen said on 22 Feb 2011 at 3:16 pm:
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    If you are who I think you are, I’m sure he does always have time for you, and I am not saying that in a negative way.

  7. Anonymous said on 22 Feb 2011 at 4:17 pm:
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    Texas GOP State Rep. Proposes Bill Allowing Law Enforcement to Dump Illegals at Offices of U.S. Senators or Congressmen

    (WOAI)- This should get their attention.

    A measure filed by State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) would allow any law enforcement agency that has custody of an illegal immigrant to take the illegal to ‘the office of a U.S. Senator or Representative’ and leave them there.

    1200 WOAI news reports the measure also allows county sheriff’s deputies or city police officers to ‘request an agent or employee of the United States Senator or United States Representative to sign a document acknowledging the release or discharge of the illegal immigrant at the senator’s or representative’s office.

    The measure covers individuals who are ‘not a citizen or national of the United States’ and who is ‘unlawfully present in the United States.’

    Kolkhorst concedes the measure is a ‘cry for help’ to convince federal officials to secure the border, but she says she is serious about getting the measure approved by the Legislature.


  8. park'd said on 22 Feb 2011 at 4:53 pm:
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    Don’t like it? March on Richmond like Wisconsinites are doing in their state. You may not agree with what they are marching for but at least they are marching for what they believe in instead of pissing and moaning on a blog about why our senators are backstabbing us. Maybe if 5000 people from Manassas showed up at this door then he might rethink what he considers a waste of time. That goes for all of them. In the end that is all they understand and will respond to because they keep getting reelected.

  9. AmericaFirst said on 22 Feb 2011 at 5:22 pm:
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    We need Lingamfelter to run for the senate seat.

    Virginia desperately needs an American in the Va senate to represent us.

  10. Laurie-Anne Manel said on 22 Feb 2011 at 7:04 pm:
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    That’s really nice for you.

    I couldn’t even get Sen Colgan to acknowledge my request for assistance for my son, a military dependent. We even drove down to the County complex for the town hall meeting, hoping to corner him there. Colgan didn’t show, but Ligamfelter and Barker were there.

    Sen Colgan apparently loves to wrap himself in the flag and tout his own military background but can’t be bothered I guess to address the concerns of his constituents that are active-duty military.

    I’ll be out there door knocking and pounding the pavement in Nov to make sure Colgan doesn’t get re-elected - and I’ll be sure to share “my” first hand experiences (or non-experiences) with our elected, alleged “representative”. (”representative” implying of course, that he is responsive to the people he is supposed to “represent”).

  11. zuzu said on 22 Feb 2011 at 11:00 pm:
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    Park’d, I have to agree with you. When you think about it, the first people to show up and protest are either the “pro-illegals” groups and/or liberals. They’re always ready to “mobilize”. ‘We need to be equally ready and willing to make our presence known, especially in Richmond.

  12. Anonymous said on 23 Feb 2011 at 3:42 am:
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    Oklahoma Senate Panel Pushes Forward Bill Eliminating ‘Birthright Citizenship’

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A Senate committee on Tuesday easily approved a pair of Republican-sponsored bills designed to crack down on illegal immigration, despite concerns from Democrats that the bills were an example of “mean-spirited” political pandering.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee approved both measures on party-line votes. One would deny Oklahoma citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants, while the other, dubbed “Arizona-plus” by its author, would allow police to not only question people about their immigration status, but also to confiscate property — including homes and vehicles — belonging to those in the country illegally.

    Both measures now advance to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

    Republican Sen. Ralph Shortey, who wrote the immigration bills and represents a heavily Hispanic district in south Oklahoma City, said he disagrees with the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that babies born in this country automatically become American citizens. He said his bill on asset forfeiture would give law enforcement an incentive to capture and jail illegal immigrants.

    “Legal Hispanics in my district are very supportive of these laws,” Shortey said. “Illegal Hispanics are not, and to be quite honest, I really don’t care what they think.”…


    Arizona Senate Panel OKs Illegal immigration Bill

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona legislative committee on Tuesday narrowly approved a sweeping bill that would target illegal immigrants in public housing, public benefits and the workplace.

    The Senate committee also approved a bill that would deny automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants, a measure designed to set up a possible U.S. Supreme Court case on the issue.

    Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce, who authored Arizona’s controversial illegal immigration law last year that touched off a nationwide debate on whether states can enforce federal immigration laws, sponsored the latest measure.

    “If you’re in the country illegally, you don’t have a right to public benefits, period,” he said.


    “….deny automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants, a measure designed to set up a possible U.S. Supreme Court case on the issue.”

    About. Damn. Time.

  13. Love for All said on 23 Feb 2011 at 8:54 am:
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    Colgan just voted for Marshall’s clinic regulation bill - with a few other dems, so there is that - what is your top issue?

  14. legal2 said on 23 Feb 2011 at 4:27 pm:
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    Chuckie has been a lame duck…for years…emphasis on lame.

  15. Anonymous said on 23 Feb 2011 at 7:22 pm:
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    I guess since he and his wife fled there home on strasburg in westgate to the gated community of piedmont, he could really give a hoot about what goes on in manassas anymore. I think the chupa music in the morning drove them away. LOL

  16. Doug Brown said on 26 Feb 2011 at 2:38 pm:
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    LFA said:

    “Colgan just voted for Marshall’s clinic regulation bill - with a few other dems, so there is that - what is your top issue?”

    No Comments?

    Well… Good for Senator Colgan. Manassas; Virginia is a better palce to live.

    Now to be consistent, maybe he can start dealing with the life and death issues that the community is facing due to his inaction and avoidance of the immigration issue.

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