If you’re hoping either one of the Republican candidates for Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors gives a damn about illegal immigration, that hope pretty much got demolished at the debate between Chris Crawford and Corey Stewart this past week. When asked about how the county should respond to Youth For Tomorrow trafficking “unaccompanied alien minors” (a fancy name for underage illegal aliens) into Virginia, Crawford hoped (presumably more) government could help teach them English. Stewart, who supposedly understands local government as a result of his long-entrenchment in local elected office, stunningly claimed that there’s no problem for local taxpayers since Youth For Tomorrow handles all the costs and “Prince William County residents don’t pay a dime.”
Looks like we’re in deep trouble either way.
Corey Stewart darned well knows that after about a month the illegal aliens processed through Youth For Tomorrow at an obscene profit are released to sponsor families and indeed are enrolled in our local schools as well as into a host of other federal, state and local government programs. Only a complete idiot, or someone with a conflict of interest necessitating some subterfuge on behalf of Youth For Tomorrow, would misrepresent what this program does in such a way. I’d rarely assume Corey is stupid, but it’s hardly a stretch of the imagination to conclude that financial interests dictate who Stewart will stand for and what he will oppose.
So much for this “fearless” Stewart, the one who made his political mark standing against illegal immigration and working to ensure a local response to the impacts of illegal immigration in the face of state and federal fecklessness. His donor base likes Youth For Tomorrow, and now Corey will say and do anything to cheerlead a program that funnels hundreds of illegal aliens each year into our school system, exacerbating already severe overcrowding problems with students that cost about 50% more to educate even though they won’t perform well as a group on standardized tests. That undermines local school performance, and that erodes the tax base. A fiscal catastrophe looms as a result of this and other pressures mount, and all Corey can do is lie to us and tell us the problem doesn’t exist.
As for these Republican candidates, only if you can assume that Crawford has the potential to be educated and isn’t going to flat-out lie like Corey Stewart just did is there any glimmer of hope at all for Prince William County government.
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