VA: County Takes Next Step On Illegal Immigration
Posted on: 2007-10-18 00:08:23
by John Gizzi
When Prince William County (VA.) Supervisor John Stirrup got home last night following a marathon, twelve-hour session of the county board on tougher measures on illegal immigration, his wife Heidi and daughter Sarah had long gone to bed. "The only one up when I got home was the dog, and he looked at me as if to say 'What are you doing up at this hour?', quipped a bleary-eyed Stirrup when I spoke to him this afternoon.
It was something of a miracle that Stirrup was up and available for an interview. In what is beginning to be par for the course in the Northern Virginia county as it wrestles with its mounting crisis of illegal aliens absorbing county services, more than 350 speakers packed the county meeting, which ran from 2 PM to 2 AM yesterday. Incendiary rhetoric flew like shrapnel, as the eight-member County Board of Supervisors debated the next step to take after empowering police to ask residents if they were in the US illegally or not (and, if not, to arrest them and turn them over to federal immigration authorities for deportation).
In the end, the county fathers voted eight-to-nothing to recommend restrictions on services that would be available to illegal immigrants and to create a new police unit to deal exclusively with the alien crisis.
As was the earlier measure, these latest steps were the work of Supervisor Stirrup.