The Washington Times
State legislators said yesterday that Virginia is facing an immigration crisis on par with Arizona and New Mexico and urged Gov. Mark Warner to declare an emergency like the governors of those two states did last week.
Delegate Jeffrey M. Frederick, Prince William County Republican, has asked Mr. Warner, a Democrat, to declare a state of emergency to stop the influx of illegal aliens into the state. Mr. Frederick said that even though Virginia does not share a border with Mexico, the state must take such action to tap federal homeland security dollars to fund police efforts to arrest illegal aliens and hand them over to federal immigration authorities. who will simply turn around and release them
"They might be coming through Arizona, but they are landing here," Mr. Frederick said. [it was OK when it was somebody else's problem] "It's getting out of control. No kidding! and we've been trying to tell you this how long?
Mr. Frederick, the only Hispanic member of the General Assembly, said such a move would help stem the drain on taxpayer resources caused by illegals who use public services, including hospitals. He still has relatives in Colombia.
Mr. Frederick's Friday letter to the governor likely will net wide support in the Republican-controlled legislature, which earlier this year overwhelmingly passed a measure denying public benefits to illegal aliens and in 2003 required motorists to prove legal residency to obtain driver's licenses.
Conservative estimates put the number of illegal aliens in Virginia at 100,000 to 200,000.Hummm, I wonder if Mexico keeps a census?
Jack Martin, special projects director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said the state of emergency is obvious in Arizona and New Mexico. When asked whether the situation in Virginia is at such a level, Mr. Martin said the problem spreads from the border states across the country.
"The conditions exist that the federal government should use its emergency powers. Because at the present time, it openly admits that it is unable to detain all of the illegal immigrants that it apprehends, and it is allowing hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens to enter the country every year," Mr. Martin said.
"If it is not happening in my neighborhood, then it is not my problem!"
That is the attitude that has caused our problem.
US citizens have been trying to tell our (cough)"representatives" about the problem for a long time but they were too worried about "offending" people who are here "illegally" and trying to sugarcoat the issue by trying to convince us to call them "undocumented workers" in addition to being blinded by the cheap labor and money that they bring to their districts in addition to the "promise" of getting their vote.
Vote? Yes, vote...It happens at the DMV.
The problem is only going to get worse before it gets better