Archive: Immigration

Day-Labor Issues Still Figure in Herndon Politics

Even though it isn't the hot issue it was two years ago, the issues of day laborers and the town's now shuttered laborer hiring center are still at the forefront of many voters' minds on the eve of the municipal election. Read about it in this article from yesterday's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 5, 2008; 10:12 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax Schools Absorbing ESOL Students Fleeing PW

Fairfax County schools' enrollment of students in English for speakers of other languages programs is up nearly 260% for the period September to March 31 over the same period last year. Other neighboring jurisdictions are also seeing similar increases. Meanwhile in Prince William County, which recently began denying certain services to illegal immigrants, has seen a decline in its number of students in such programs. The news story is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 28, 2008; 11:46 AM ET | Email a Comment

Culmore Center Expands Programs

The Culmore Family Resource Center near Seven Corners and Bailey's Crossroads, long a place were members of the area's immigrant community have sought information and support, is expanding its services by opening a health center and offering literacy classes for Spanish speakers. Read more in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 13, 2008; 03:19 PM ET | Email a Comment

Parishioners From 80 Nations at Springfield Church

Word of Life Assembly of God in Springfield is presented as a microcosm of the multi-cultural and multi-national face of the area in a story from today's front page. But the church is also a bit unusual because, even as the local population has grown more diverse, most church congregations have remained fairly homogeneous. Read about it here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 21, 2007; 10:42 AM ET | Email a Comment

County: No Figure for Cost of Services For Illegal Immigrants

Fairfax County officials can't put a dollar amount on the amount of money the local governement spends on services used by illegal immigrants they say, partly because many of those services are "universal access;"required by federal law to be open to anyone, regardless of immigration status.The officials also cite the difficulty of counting how many undocumented immigrants live in here. This is in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 27, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 10/23: Connolly, Baise on Immigration

Updated 10/23 Candidates for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors spoke about their approach to local enforcement of federal immigration laws in a meeting yesterday with Washington Post reporters and editors . Gerald E. Connolly (D) said that he would not follow Prince Williams County's lead and try to cut off services for illegal immigrants. Gary H. Baise (R) said he would seek participation by county police in a program operated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to help them identify illegal immigrants. Read more about what the candidates said at the meeting here. Originally posted 8/24 Talk Radio host Chris Core yesterday asked his listeners to call Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman Gerald E. Connolly's office to ask why Connolly didn't support the type on anti-illegal immigrant actions that neighboring Prince William County is attempting to enforce. Connolly has maintained that it is not...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 23, 2007; 09:35 AM ET | Email a Comment

County Takes Look at Services It Could Deny Illegals

At the request of Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully), Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin has ordered staff to examine the services that the county provides to determine which could, under current law, be denied to illegal immigrants. Griffin said that there are no plans to revise the county's current policies and that the examination was for informational purposes only. More on the topic in this story from today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 17, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Boarding House Operator Jailed For Contempt

Rosita Lim Ong Chang, 66 was arrested Friday and sent to jail for contempt of court for failing to obey a judge who cited her four years ago for illegally boarding tenants in her single-family home near George Mason University. Chang is the first person arrested for such an offense since the county stepped up its enforcement of zoning codes. Read about it in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 16, 2007; 11:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Screening for Illegal Immigrants To Begin at County Jail

Fairfax County Sheriff Stan G. Barry has pledged to screen inmates for immigration violations and to work with federal authorities to deport those here illegally. Read about it in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 11, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 9/17: Laborers Face First Days Without Herndon Center

Updated 9/17 This article from Saturday's Metro section and this one from Sunday's look at the new realities facing the workers seeking day labor jobs in Herndon now that the town's official workers' center is closed. Updated 9/13 From today's Metro section: After Herndon's hiring center for day laborers closes tomorrow, workers will begin soliciting employers for jobs on the sidewalk near Alabama Drive Park, an activist group announced yesterday. The workers are planning to hold a march at 10 a.m. tomorrow from the center to the park to draw employers' attention to the informal new job site, said Marco Amador, education and outreach coordinator for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. He said workers will begin gathering there Saturday morning. The workers also wanted "to show their disagreement with the closing of the center," Amador said. Town officials voted last week to shut down the center rather than open...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 17, 2007; 09:27 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 8/16: Herndon Will Operate Day-Labor Center

Updated 8/29 Unable to find a suitable private contractor, town officials say the center will be operated by the town government. The news is here. Updated 8/16 The Herndon town council voted last night to continue the operation of the day-labor center, but not to renew Project Hope and Harmony's operating contract. Now the council will renew the heretofore unsuccessful search for a new operator who will pledge to check workers' immigration status. The story is here. Originally posted 8/15 According to this article, last night's scheduled vote by the Herndon Town Council on the fate of the town's day-labor employment center was postponed after public testimony drove the council's meeting late into the night. The vote is now set for tonight....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 29, 2007; 02:43 PM ET | Email a Comment

Legal Immigrants Win In-State Tuition

Foreign immigrants who are living and working in Virginia with federally granted temporary protected status have gained the right to pay in-state tuition following a legal challenge brought by a Northern Virginia Community College student. The news was in yesterday's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 27, 2007; 10:22 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 7/16: New Wrinkles in Search for Laborer Center Operator

Updated 7/16 New developments int he search for an operator for the center mean that Reston Interfaith is likely to stay in place for a while, whether town officials like it or not. Read the news here. Originally posted 7/12 Herndon officials say that they may select one of the two applicants to run the town's day laborer employment center as early as Aug. 14. Whichever of the applicants the town chooses, it would be under instructions to check the legal immigration status of all workers that come through its doors. The story is in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 16, 2007; 10:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Public Garden Celebrates Korean Culture

This article from yesterday's Metro section, describes how a special garden, planned for a section of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, will help to celebrate the Korean heritage of a large number of local citizens when it is completed in 2010....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 11, 2007; 10:46 AM ET | Email a Comment

Immigration and Overcrowded Houses

This front page article in yesterday's paper on neighborhood disputes over overcrowded houses in Fairfax County has spawned a spirited discussion with people from Fairfax, the Washington region and elsewhere in the country, joining in by posting comments about the problem. Focus on Fairfax invites readers to continue the discussion here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 14, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Email a Comment

Herndon Labor Center Reports First Year Success

The Herndon Official Workers Center reports that nearly 6,000 immigrant laborers were hired for more than 10,000 jobs during the center's first year of operation prompting the director of the nonprofit that operates the center to declare it, "a very successful year." But even as the report was released, town officials were moving forward with finding a new private operator for the center. The news is in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 22, 2007; 10:12 AM ET | Email a Comment

A New Start for Refugees and Recent Immigrants

Today's Fairfax Extra cover story looks at the people served by the Falls Church-based Center for Multicultural Human Services. The organization helps refugees and recent immigrants to our area get established....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 1, 2007; 02:57 PM ET | Email a Comment

A Challenge to Herndon's Anti-Solicitation Law

A Reston man facing up to six months in jail or a fine of $2,000 for hiring a day laborer in Herndon to do yard work will challenge the town's anti-solicitation law which makes it illegal to hire off the street or to search for work on public sidewalks. Read about it in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 18, 2007; 11:04 AM ET | Email a Comment

Mangement Proposals Sought on Herdon Labor Center

From today's Metro section: The Herndon Town Council has voted to solicit proposals from employment firms interested in operating the town's center for day laborers. The council, which has promised to crack down on illegal immigration, is looking for a firm that will require workers to present documentation proving that they are in the country legally. Project Hope & Harmony, which operates the Herndon Official Workers Center with Reston Interfaith, does not require extensive documentation. Opponents of the plan warned that it could drive immigrant laborers back to the town's streets to look for work. The center opened in 2005 in response to complaints about workers congregating in a 7-Eleven parking lot near downtown. "I fear that moving to a new operator who will check eligibility will come with some unexpected consequences," said council member J. Harlon Reece, the only member to vote against the proposal. Vice Mayor Dennis D....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 12, 2007; 10:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 1/5: Herndon Police Will Be Trained To Enforce Immigration Laws

Updated 1/5/07 From today's Metro section: Herndon has been accepted into a federal program that will train some of its police officers to enforce U.S. immigration laws, including the initiation of deportation proceedings. Police Chief Toussaint E. Summers Jr. told the Town Council on Tuesday night that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency approved the town's request to enter the agency's "287 (g)" program, a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The council, which has approved measures designed to make the town less hospitable to illegal immigrants, voted 6 to 1 on Sept. 19 to apply for the program. Summers said that two senior immigration agents have been assigned to oversee the town's participation in the program and that his department would soon begin discussions on the scope of training the officers would receive during the five-week course. The council would then review and vote on a memorandum...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 5, 2007; 10:40 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 12/18: English-Only Proposal Tabled in Herndon

Updated 12/18 Mayor Stephen J. DeBenedittis said he is satisfied that the number of official documents that the town translates into Spanish is not unreasonable. Originally posted 12/4 Herndon town council member William B. Tirrell Sr. has proposed that the town's government print all official documents only in English, saying that the move would encourage Hispanic immigrants to learn the language. Read about it here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 18, 2006; 10:52 AM ET | Email a Comment

Marc Fisher on Reston Interfaith

Marc Fisher, in his Metro opinion column today, takes a look at Reston Interfaith -- The group charged with operating the Herndon day laborer center -- and its chief executive Kerrie Wilson as she opposes the Town Council's insistence that her group check immigration status of laborers....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 14, 2006; 09:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

High School Hispanic Club Promotes Understanding

Students from Annandale High School's Hispanic Leadership Club met with students from Georgetown Day School on Friday to promote cross-cultural understanding from their point of view as immigrants or the children of immigrants. Read about it in this article from Saturday's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 11, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Herndon Officials Want Proof of Residency For Day Laborers

Under a proposed plan for running the Herndon Official Workers Center, the center would be run more like a private employment agency and workers would be required to submit proof of citizenship or legal U.S. residency. The move is the latest in a series of moves by town officials to make Herndon less hospitable to illegal immigrants. Read the Post's article here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 1, 2006; 11:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

Local Priest/Advocate for Immigrants Wants Amnesty

Jose E. Hoyas, a popular priest who has led churches in Falls Church and Dale City, is making a name for himself as an advocate for immigrants. Today's Metro section takes a look at Hoyas and his work....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 20, 2006; 10:12 AM ET | Email a Comment

Adopted Children Learn About Cultures at Camp

At Adoption Service International Agency's annual Culture Camp, internationally adopted children spend three days each summer learning about the cultures of their birth countries and sharing experiences with other families like their own. Read about it in the Fairfax Extra....

 

By | August 10, 2006; 12:11 PM ET | Email a Comment

Ethnic Tennis Groups Thrive

As this article from this week's Fairfax Extra illustrates, the sport of tennis has become widely popular in the various ethnic immigrant communities in the area....

 

By | August 10, 2006; 11:41 AM ET | Email a Comment

Immigrant Professionals Seek Employment Help

According to this article in today's Fairfax Extra, Washington area immigrants with professional skills and advanced educations can have a hard time finding work here that is well-suited to them. A new series of workshops is trying to help them....

 

By | July 27, 2006; 11:07 AM ET | Email a Comment

55 Illegal Immigrants Arrested in Dulles Airport Raid

55 undocumented workers at a construction site at Dulles International Airport were arrested yesterday according to this article from today's Metro section. All Latinos, most were sent to Texas to face deportation proceedings....

 

By | June 15, 2006; 10:34 AM ET | Email a Comment

Herndon Mayor-Elect Faces Tough Issues

According to a story in today's Metro section Steve J. DeBenedittis, the mayor-elect of Herndon and a political novice, is likely to find his term defined by the contentious immigration issues that set the stage for the sweeping changes in the town's leadership that came out of the recent election results....

 

By | May 24, 2006; 09:59 AM ET | Email a Comment

Demand For Day Laborers in Herndon Increases

Herndon's election results went against the center, but April saw a 15 percent increase in the average number of day laborers hired each day at the Herndon Official Workers Center. Seasonal demand has created work for about 50 workers each day at the center. The story was in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By | May 4, 2006; 02:09 PM ET | Email a Comment

Incumbents Prevail in Vienna and Fairfax City As Growth Issues Dominate Regional Election Results

Read about the results in this article from this morning's Metro section. A look at the results in Fairfax City is here....

 

By | May 3, 2006; 10:11 AM ET | Email a Comment

Herndon Voters Select New Mayor, Unseat Day Laborer Center Supporters

Updated 5/4 According to a story in this morning's Metro section, anti-immigration groups are saying the that the results of the election should send message to politicians elsewhere, while immigration rights groups are downplaying the significance of the Herndon election's larger implications. Originally posted 5/3 Washington Post coverage of the Herndon election results are here....

 

By | May 3, 2006; 10:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

Outreach To Latino Voters Underway in Herndon

With the town's mayor and city council election less than 24 hours away, a get-out-the-vote effort is targeting Herndon's Latino voters. Read about it here....

 

By | May 1, 2006; 11:26 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax: The 2006 Guide

An Introduction To The Guide Trying to make sense of Fairfax? Join our club. To help newcomers learn and old-timers discover new possibilities, here's The Guide for 2006. We know how easy it is to get confused here, because there are about a million people -- more people than seven states have -- and trying to make sense of the governing machinery can be tricky. The local governments include those of the county and two cities, the City of Fairfax and the City of Falls Church, each with its own idiosyncrasies and treasures. What you'll find in these pages is our attempt to lead you to old favorites you had not thought of for a while or to what might become favorites. There's golfing and fishing and biking and walking, just to name a few leisure pursuits. If you have students in the family, there's a place within the county...

 

By | April 28, 2006; 09:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Herndon Catholics Get Spanish Mass

With Hispanics making up more than a quarter of the town's population, Herndon had its first Catholic Mass in Spanish yesterday at St. Joseph's. Read about it and the trends that led to it here....

 

By | April 24, 2006; 10:52 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fisher: Agitators Gone. Now Herndon Voters Decide.

In a weekend Metro column, Marc Fisher sizes up the elections in Herndon, depicted as a model for the nation's immigration problems after debate over the town's day laborer site....

 

By | April 24, 2006; 10:27 AM ET | Email a Comment

Thoughts About Immigration Issues?

Yesterday immigrants and native born Americans alike demonstrated against proposed restrictive immigration policies. This is a big, important issue in Fairfax County, which has twice the national average of foreign-born residents. So where do Focus on Fairfax readers come down on this issue? Is the proposed restrictive legislation the right way to go, or are there other solutions? Is this all politics? Some say the U.S. already does immigration better than other countries. Or is our immigration policy in need of fixing?...

 

By | April 11, 2006; 04:05 PM ET | Email a Comment

Day Laborer Issue Dominates Herndon Race

As Herndon municipal elections approach (May 2), the heat from immigration issues and the town's official workers center has yet to dissipate. Read the article about the upcoming elections--in today's Metro section....

 

By | April 10, 2006; 11:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

Reality Check on County Trends?

A look at recent historical trends with regard to the county's growth and diversity yields some surprises. Read about them here in this week's Fairfax Extra cover story....

 

By | April 6, 2006; 04:20 PM ET | Email a Comment

High School Walkouts

Updated 3/31The protests continue; I saw a group of students lining the sidewalks with signs and Latin American flags near Thomas Edison High School today. Now, according to this Metro article the demonstrations are spreading into Maryland. Originally posted 3/29For the second day, students across Northern Virginia demonstrated against proposed crackdowns on illegal immigration. The Post's coverage is here....

 

By | March 29, 2006; 01:27 PM ET | Email a Comment

Anti-Immigration Activists To Hold Conference In Herndon

A Fairfax County-based journal run by anti-immigration activists starts a three-day conference at the Hyatt Dulles hotel in Herndon today. The publication, American Renaissance, urges ending immigration and reversing anti-discrimination laws. The journal's publisher, the New Century Foundation, has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. See article in today's Metro section for details on the conference....

 

By | February 24, 2006; 10:31 AM ET | Email a Comment

Please Read: Rules Issued for Commenting on Fairfax Focus Blog

Some readers of this blog have recently raised questions about the role of The Washington Post in policing Fairfax Focus. I have deleted a few blog posts because they did not meet The Post's standards for fairness. For more clarity about how to play by the rules, Jim Brady, the executive editor of washingtonpost.com has posted a message explaining the rules for readers participating in the site's Live Online discussions, discussion forums and for posting comments on the company's blogs. The complete list of rules is here. --Steve Fehr, Fairfax Extra Editor...

 

By | February 17, 2006; 01:06 PM ET | Email a Comment

Walking May Be Hazardous To Your Health

Today's Fairfax Extra cover story looks at the perils of being a pedestrian in Fairfax County and what the government, planners and neighborhood leaders would like to do about them....

 

By | February 16, 2006; 11:50 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax Day Laborers Sue For Unpaid Wages

The 23 men, who were hired to dig ditches for Verizon fiber-optic cables, say that a Hagerstown subcontractor -- himself three layers removed from Verizon -- owes them $25,000. The Post article is in the Business section....

 

By | February 16, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Email a Comment

Vietnamese Mother of Slain U.S. Marine Seeks Residency

Binh Le, a U.S. Marine corporal, a graduate of Edison High School and a Vietnamese citizen, died in 2004 while serving in Iraq. Posthumously, he was awarded U.S. citizenship. His mother, Kim-Hoan Thi Nguyen,  now staying in Springfield with a friend, wants to lay flowers on her son's grave at Arlington National Cemetery each week, but her applications for permanent residency have been denied. Read her story here....

 

By | February 9, 2006; 11:02 AM ET | Email a Comment

Faces Behind the Minutemen

Arizona grandmother Carmen Mercer has become known as one of the more public faces of the Minuteman Project which recently has been tracking the activities of day laborers in Herndon. An article about Mercer and her campaign to secure the country's borders is in today's Metro section....

 

By | February 8, 2006; 11:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Day Laborers Mistake VDOT Crew For Minutemen Project Members

The incident, which saw some laborers fleeing the scene and others alerting advocacy groups, illustrates the wariness the Minutemen Project's presence in Herndon has engendered amongst local day laborers. ...

 

By | February 1, 2006; 12:25 PM ET | Email a Comment

Legislators Seek Tighter Restrictions On Illegal Residents

Bills introduced this week in the Virginia General Assembly  would prevent illegal immigrants from attending state colleges, punish businesses that hire them and require proof of legal residency to get married. Read about it in this morning's Metro section....

 

By | January 25, 2006; 10:43 AM ET | Email a Comment

Herndon Laborer Center Is Former Site of Segregated School

A school for black students was built in the 1950s on land currently occupied by the new Herndon day laborer center. Read about the school and its place in local history here....

 

By | January 17, 2006; 11:02 AM ET | Email a Comment

Part Of Wilson Boulevard Could Get a New Name

From today's Fairfax Extra: A portion of Wilson Boulevard in the Falls Church area would be named Saigon Boulevard under a proposal made by the county Board of Supervisors to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The supervisors voted Monday to ask VDOT to designate the stretch of Wilson between Route 7 and Roosevelt Boulevard as Saigon Boulevard, with signs to mark the change. The stretch is in front of the Eden Center. var technorati = new Technorati() ; technorati.setProperty('url','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/11/AR2006011100867_Technorati.html') ; technorati.article = new item('in brief','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/11/AR2006011100867.html','A portion of Wilson Boulevard in the Falls Church area would be named Saigon Boulevard under a proposal made by the county Board of Supervisors to the Virginia Department of Transportation.','') ; document.write( technorati.getDisplaySidebar() ); Representatives of the Vietnamese American community requested the change to reflect the area's retail and cultural activity. The name change would be ceremonial; Wilson Boulevard would keep its name and addresses...

 

By | January 12, 2006; 12:40 PM ET | Email a Comment

Officials Say Herndon Laborer Site a Success

The site, which opened last month, has been drawing an average of 97 workers a day . The details are in today's Metro section....

 

By | January 12, 2006; 10:40 AM ET | Email a Comment

Have You Ever Considered Adding Onto Your House?

Meet Reston homeowner Eric Young, who with no previous experience, has begun to build a $150,000 addition to his house. The Post's Home section is covering Young's ongoing progress in a series of semi-regular essays, beginning today....

 

By | January 5, 2006; 10:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Accord Reached on Day-Laborer Site

From today's Metro section: Loudoun County and the town of Herndon have agreed that the town will cease using any portion of its recently opened day-laborer center on county land. The publicly funded center, which has been operating for about a week in a former police station, straddles the line between Loudoun and Herndon. By Jan. 1, one entrance to the center as well as part of the parking lot will be blocked off, according to the agreement. The accord was reached after Loudoun County Administrator Kirby M. Bowers wrote this week to Herndon Town Manager Stephen F. Owen, asking him to shut down the controversial center because it does not comply with county zoning. Bowers had threatened to take the town to court if it did not comply....

 

By | December 21, 2005; 10:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

Tempers Flare As Herndon Day Laborer Center Opens

Today's Metro section leads with the official opening of the taxpayer-funded day laborer center in Herndon, where supporters and opponents of the center clashed verbally....

 

By | December 15, 2005; 10:22 AM ET | Email a Comment

Minuteman To Continue Shadowing Herndon Laborers at New Site

With Herndon's day-laborer center opening tomorrow, the president of the local chapter of the Minuteman Project said his group will continue to photograph and investigate the workers and those that hire them. The story was in today's Metro section....

 

By | December 13, 2005; 09:57 AM ET | Email a Comment

Three Cited for Illegal Boarding Houses

A Fairfax County General District Court judge has cited three property owners for operating illegal boarding houses in their single-family homes, a violation of Herndon's zoning ordinance, town officials said. Neighbors reported crowding at 455 Virginia Ave., 1001 Jeff Ryan Dr. and 322 Missouri Ave. A town inspector found 10 or more people living in each home, several of them unrelated. Each owner, Marcia Garcia of Reston, Eduardo Murcia of Herndon and Jose D. Aguirre Portillo of Herndon, was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and was fined at least $100....

 

By | December 12, 2005; 02:33 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax County Wants Criminal Penalties For Overcrowded Houses

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has asked the General Assembly for authority to fine landlords who allow more than four unrelated people to live together under one roof. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By | December 6, 2005; 10:50 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax Connector Luring Hispanic Riders

A new campaign from the county transportation department is the broadest effort thus far by the agency to inform and attract Hispanic riders to the county's public bus system. The story was in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By | December 2, 2005; 03:29 AM ET | Email a Comment

Culmore Garage Fire Kills One, Injures Two; Officials Say Victims Possibly Homeless

None of the people (believed by neighbors to be Latino laborers) injured in the blaze have been identified. Yesterday's Metro section had the full story....

 

By | November 28, 2005; 02:31 PM ET | Email a Comment

Meeting Thursday on Day Laborers

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments will host its first meeting for area elected officials on the issue of day laborers from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17....

 

By Steve Fehr | November 16, 2005; 02:16 AM ET | Email a Comment

Regional Meeting Planned Nov. 17 On Day Laborers

From a COG press release today:"Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) is organizing a summit for area elected officials on the issue of day laborers.  It will be the first time the issue is discussed at the regional level including leaders from Maryland, Virginia, and the District." The meeting will be held Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m....

 

By | November 10, 2005; 04:46 PM ET | Email a Comment

Herndon Day Laborers Under Scrutiny

This morning's Metro section has a report about representatives of the Minuteman Project who have been following and monitoring the activities of day laborers and those that hire them at a Herndon gathering spot. ...

 

By | November 8, 2005; 09:42 AM ET | Email a Comment

Local Panel Asks for Immigration Help From Congress

From a news release: The Northern Virginia Regional Commission, representing 14 local governments, has written a letter to members of Congress appealing for "assistance in mobilizing a more effective execution of federal government responsibilities associated with the burgeoning immigration affecting our area."...

 

By Steve Fehr | October 28, 2005; 07:43 PM ET | Email a Comment

Minutemen Group Meeting in Herndon Tonight

From a news release just issued:     A meeting will be held tonight at the Herndon Fortnightly Public Library to organize the Herndon Chapter of the Minuteman Project....

 

By Steve Fehr | October 20, 2005; 01:58 PM ET | Email a Comment

 

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