We'll be right back here in a month
"Who else is going to pave the roads here?" Adrian asked, cracking up with laughter. "An American? Ha!"
Thanks to LI and Jay for highlighting today's Post article - which I bet has smoke coming out of ears throughout the state ... from the heads of Virginia government agencies and Latino-advocacy organizations alike.
The resolution's effect on Hispanic communities has stretched well beyond Prince William.
"They're talking about this in Jefferson County, in Clarke, all the way to West Virginia," Adrian Escobar said in Spanish, sipping from a Big Gulp cup outside a pupusa kiosk on Route 1. He and his brother Antonio dashed across the border from Mexico nearly 15 years ago and have been in the United States illegally since. They live in Winchester and make $17 an hour as flagmen for a Virginia Department of Transportation subcontractor.
The Escobar brothers shrugged at all the fretting they'd been hearing from other Hispanics last week, including workers who commute to Prince William to do its grunt work. "Who else is going to pave the roads here?" Adrian asked, cracking up with laughter. "An American? Ha!"
Antonio said he wasn't fazed. "If you're afraid, they'll just intimidate you more," he said. Besides, he added, the brothers have a plan in case Prince William police and immigration officials send them home for a "free vacation" to their father's farm in Guanajuato.
"We'll be right back here in a month," Antonio said
Someone probably should have given Adrian the memo about how the "jobs Americans won't do" line is supposed to be delivered, and how the May 2006 in-your-face attitude worked out for the pro-illegal movement.
Now, how does everyone feel about getting some tough ordinances about legal hiring and ICE participation passed here in Loudoun?
I thought so.
It does seem like Judicial Watch might take an interest in this fascinating Commonwealth of Virginia policy on subcontractors.
Stay tuned for more details on the Free Vacations Program.
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