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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — A budget vote in Prince William County Tuesday turned into a heated debate on immigration policy.

Speakers lined up at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, including members of anti-illegal immigration groups like Help Save Manassas, after board Chairman Corey Stewart sent an e-mail to supporters of the crackdown prior to the meeting.

One county supervisor, Frank Principe, wants to do away with police enforcement of the county’s immigration crackdown. Police have begun checking the immigration status of criminal suspects if there is reason to believe they may not be in the country legally.

“In October, you all passed the rule of law resolution, and now there is talk of rescinding part of this resolution. How can you all even entertain such a thought?” asked Janet Rosenthal, who supports the crackdown.

“I ask you the board to remain steadfast in your support of what you voted last year,” said Conrad Holtslag, another supporter.

Opponents of the crackdown also spoke, some for the first time.

“It has divided this county like nothing else I have ever seen, and I have been here a long time,” said Ruth Hellwig. “I want you to know it’s dividing neighbor against neighbor and children.”

“I believe the resolution has tarnished our reputation and provided an environment where racists can speak freely,” said Nancy Escue. “It’s sent a message to many businesses and progressive-minded people that Prince William County is not the place to call home.”

One hundred twenty-five people signed up to speak at the meeting. They received three minutes each to speak. After three and a half hours, about 85 people had spoken.

One Response to “Prince William Co. Budget Vote Turns Into Immigration Debate”
  1. K2 says:

    ?I believe the resolution has tarnished our reputation and provided an environment where racists can speak freely,? said Nancy Escue. ?It?s sent a message to many businesses and progressive-minded people that Prince William County is not the place to call home.?-

    “Progressive minded people” = Communists without Party membership. Damn but they have a hard-on hatred of the 1st Amendment, when it contradicts their dogma, anyway. Regardless of whether anyone is “racist” or not, lamenting free speech is a pretty obvious give away. In any event, whatever “the message” is, that is keeping “progressive minded people”, like Comrade-Sister Nancy, from calling Prince William County, “home” … Bottle it. Sounds like a great pesticide.

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