Once Again, Loudoun Supervisor Candidates Stand Up For Immigration Enforcement
The Republican members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors took a stand we should all be grateful for when they sponsored the strong immigration enforcement resolution on July 17.
Thanks to Mick Staton, Eugene Delgaudio, Bruce Tulloch, Steve Snow, Jim Clem and Lori Waters for sponsoring the resolution.
The resolution ended up passing 9-0, with the Board's Democrat and two Independents joining the Republican majority.
This action followed the Loudoun County Republican Convention - well over a thousand people - unanimously passing its Resolution In Support Of Legal Immigration on June 9. That resolution has not gotten nearly the publicity it deserves, because with it the largest political convention ever held in Loudoun County delivered an extremely strong statement for immigration enforcement at all levels of government.
In Loudoun County, at least, the GOP is standing up for the citizens.
Now, as the Virginia political season ramps up, those battling for the seats up for election in November are speaking out further on this issue. Here are some statements delivered this week by our pro-enforcement candidates for office:
1) "As supervisor ... I would take action against employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants," and "partner with Immigration and Customs Enforcement so that our Sheriff's Office is authorized to enforce federal immigration laws ... shut down document mills that illegally produce phony identification, and enforce zoning ordinances to prevent the overcrowding of homes."
2) "The main 'service' an illegal immigrant comes to Loudoun for is a job ... I oppose illegal immigration and want to see effective measures to fight it. That's why I want to see an end to the employment of illegal aliens in Loudoun."
3) "The most important power localities may possess is the ability to penalize employers who knowingly employ undocumented workers. The local response to the problem might just lie in penalizing the Americans who are breaking the law."
4) "Put simply, illegal is illegal. Our first priority must be to deport any illegal immigrant who commits a crime and shut down the document mills ... We must crack down on businesses that lure illegal immigrants to our community ... People come here because there is work and money to be found. This situation is not fair to honest businesses that hire legal employees and must compete with unscrupulous businesses, which hire illegal immigrants for low wages."
(See if you can guess which local conservative made each statement - answers are below the fold)
The first thing to point out is that each of the above statements was made by Democratic challengers against sitting Republican supervisors. The speakers are:
1) Susan Buckley, Democrat running against Supervisor Mick Staton in the Sugarland Run District
2) Stevens Miller, Democrat running against Steve Snow in the Dulles District
3) Phyllis Randall, Democrat running against Lori Waters in the Broad Run District
4) Andrea McGimsey, Democrat running against Bruce Tulloch in the Potomac District
From this we can say with certainty that we have passed the tipping point in Loudoun County: The continuing influx of illegal aliens has resulted in such a substantial population of illegals that citizens of every ideological bent are demanding that their prospective representatives, for once, show some concern for the legal residents.
Toss transportation, development and taxes out of the discussion for the November elections. Regardless of our differences on these and other public policy issues, we the citizens of Loudoun are united in our desire for rule of law.
And it isn't just Sterling Park exemplifying the problem anymore - Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio is no longer the voice in the wilderness trying to get the rest of the Board to act. Every district in Loudoun County is feeling the effects and many, many citizens are seeing the visible symptoms of the problem on a daily basis. The debate over illegal immigration is no longer over hypotheticals: It is a discussion of facts that everyone sees with their own eyes.
As candidates of both parties go door to door in their districts, they are hearing the message loud and clear.
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