There isn't a story about illegal immigrants that doesn't generate an intense response from our Readers Who Comment (RWC) and the situation in the western Fairfax County Town of Herndon has fired them up again.
Late Tuesday, the Town Council decided to close its day labor center rather than comply with a court ruling that the center must be open to all residents, including illegals. The practical result, many predict, is that day laborers will return to the streets or a 7-Eleven parking lot to seek work, a circumstance the center was created to solve. The RWC discussion shows both immense anti-immigrant anger and concern about how to resolve this issue intelligently and humanely. The fact is there are an estimated 12 million illegal and mostly Latino immigrants in the the United States, many doing useful, needed work, and deporting or jailing all of them is impossible.
We'll start with asmith1, who said that "Apologists would have us believe we are back at Square 1, with illegals mobbing cars and trucks at the local 7-11... Herndon today is not the same Herndon of 2 years ago. Downtown businesses and their customers have enjoyed a normal business district and do not want to go back to the "way things used to be."... No one in Herndon really cares where the laborers go - as long as they just go..."
rscott251, in one of many postings, said that "...What bothers me is: The very same people who are shouting "OFF WITH THEY'RE HEADS", are the very same people who would do the same thing these illegals are doing, if they were in the same predicament..."
And BasicInstinct, with whom rscott251 spent some time, wrote in one posting, "BIGOTS! This is completely unbelievable! Is it fair that, within less than 515 years (only 6 Â½ generations), 1 group of people traveled oceans to STEAL a country from its people, kill most of the country's inhabitants, bring reluctant Africans into the country to work as slaves, establish biased laws, and then try to dictate who should work to survive?..."
Patriot1, a frequent contributor to conversations about Iraq, said, "...Let Herndon secede from Fairfax County, the illegal sanctuary zone, and help themselves receive help from law-abiding county officials who are trying to enforce the law rather than ignore it...like Gerry Connoly [Connolly is chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors] does and the entire Fairfax BOS."
hmaulden wrote, "As a Herndon resident, I am embarrassed by the Town Council's actions. Mean spirited, misguided and unChristian. And I am ashamed of how my fellow citizens speak about immigrants... Isn't it now time for Herndon churches to get involved? Maybe if they know how to find their New Testaments."
And the fact that this is a regional (and certainly national issue) is reflected in the comment of kkinva681, who wrote, "Arlington, more specifically Shirlington while gladly take Herndons illegals, as a matter of fact, they are allowed to camp on 4Mile run in plain view of county police and leave piles of fast food trash and nobody seems to mind. Is it a coincidence that all of Arlington's board members live in North Arlington?"
To this, webfool added, "Don't send them to Montgomery County [Maryland], we have far too many now. I keep searching for more and more places that are not overrun to shop, not because I'm xenophobic but because I'd like to go somewhere that English is spoken. In the People's Republic of Montgomery every language is spoken except that of reason."
painperdu asked, "How can the courts decide in favor of something that's illegal to begin with?...If a person is in this country against the laws of this country then wouldn't any proposition pertaining to their right to work here be null and void? Why is our own country determined to operate against our wishes?"
HillMan said, "Once all the illegal immigrants leave Herndon who will do all those jobs? It sure as heck won't be our spoiled kids. Many estimate that there are 15 million illegals in the US. Do we really think there are 15 million Americans willing to pick lettuce and clean toilets? Really? When even high-paying Katrina reconstruction jobs went to immigrants because Americans wouldn't show up to do them?"
We'll close the conversation with RealChoices, who called the situation "...a triumph of irrationality. The day laborer center was fulfilling its intended purpose, yet they dismantle it because of perception. So those seeking work will go back to streets and allies. Be careful what you ask for, sometimes you might just get it!"
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