What is not to understand?

What is not to understand?

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Wylie, TX

#1 Jul 17, 2007
Two weeks ago, as we celebrated the 231st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it was heartening to read story after story of individuals from all corners of the world who had applied legally and waited, in many cases for years, for the chance to raise their right hands and swear allegiance to the United States of America and become U.S. citizens. Those who choose to avoid the process of establishing legal citizenship get stuck in the limbo of a permanent underclass of below-market, off-the-books compensation, substandard housing, limited upward mobility and no opportunity to pursue the American dream. On the macro level, illegal immigrants who enter Prince William seeking economic opportunities would probably be far better off if they stayed in their home countries and helped to bring about economic change there.

The problem of illegal immigrants in Prince William is exacerbated by their general disregard for the rule of law, abuse of taxpayer-funded services and obvious lack of interest in seeking citizenship or ever embracing American ideals. Rather, it seems their sole motivation is economic. Last year, illegal immigrants sent an estimated $45 billion out of the U.S. economy to their home countries.

Last week, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution that I presented to increase immigration enforcement, limit services to illegal immigrants and reaffirm the rule of law. We in Prince William are making a conscious decision about the future of our county and our communities. Left unchecked, illegal immigration will almost certainly put our county on a downward spiral, similar to the patterns to be found in the Third World countries these illegal immigrants left. Our citizens want to reclaim their neighborhoods and communities, and they recognize the federal government's inability or unwillingness to resolve or even address this chronic problem. They will no longer accept inaction. They want us to act, and so we are.

We recognize that one local jurisdiction cannot solve the problem of uncontrolled borders, but we can address our corner of America. We hope that other jurisdictions will be emboldened to act similarly.

-- John T. Stirrup

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