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Posted at 1:20 PM ET, 06/ 4/2010

Day laborer debate surfaces in Va. race

By Washington Post editors

The two Republican primary candidates in Virginia's 11th congressional district have waded into the debate over an immigrant day labor work center in Centreville, with both publicly opposing the plan.

Keith Fimian, an Oakton businessman seeking a second chance to try to unseat U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), issued a statement Thursday after Northern Virginia developer Albert J. Dwoskin proceeded with plans to build a day labor site on his Centreville Square Shopping Center property.

"With plans for a day-labor center moving forward, I join with Centreville residents and business owners in opposition," Fimian said in a statement. "As well intentioned as proponents of this project may be, it sends entirely the wrong message to people who have, in many cases, broken our laws to be here and invites a host of problems including increased potential for crime in the area."

Fimian also used the issue to once again attack Connolly on immigration, as well as his opponent, Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity, saying the Springfield Republican "had not made his position on this issue publicly known." He also referred to a quote Herrity gave the Washington Examiner in November 2008 in which he referred to some of Prince William County's immigration enforcement efforts as "mean-spirited."

"Despite having referred to Prince William County's efforts to enforce immigration laws as 'mean-spirited' in the past, I hope Supervisor Herrity will make his position known and do everything he can to stop this day-laborer center," Fimian said.

Herrity, too, has publicly opposed Dwoskin's work center plan, and reiterated his opposition Thursday.

"Will they be checking I-9's? No. They won't be checking that these men are working legally so, no, it won't work," he said.

Herrity also said his 2008 "mean-spirited" quote was referencing a "perception that Prince William was attacking immigrants period and not making a distinction between illegal and legal."

"We're a country of immigrants, but I have taken the lead in pushing Fairfax to deport our criminal illegal immigrants and enforce our laws," he said. "That's where I stand."

The two face off June 8 in the Republican primary.

-- Derek Kravitz

By Washington Post editors  | June 4, 2010; 1:20 PM ET
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We're a country of immigrants, but I have taken the lead in pushing Fairfax to deport our criminal illegal immigrants and enforce our laws," he [Herrity] said. "That's where I stand."
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Focusing only on "criminals" while continuing the "wink-wink/nod-nod" ... "don't ask/don't tell" for thousands of illegal alien workers is a poor stand.

Illegal workers steal jobs from Americans at a time when every job is premium. The DLC proposed management claims it will ensure fair wages for contract work through the center. Fair wages have always been the primary concern about low and unskilled jobs in the County - therefore these jobs should be available to Americans - not illegal aliens.

Further, Fairfax County has made NO effort to cut funding for programs, benefits and services for illegal aliens at a time when legal residents are expected to accept reduced and/or cut benefits and service, while fees and taxes are increased.

I'm so disappointed with Pat's comment - he clearly supports a cheap and illegal workforce in Fairfax County. He also demonstrates his support of corrput businesses by failing to introduce or implement a "get tough" approach against businesses that hire illegal aliens (E-Verify and SSN verification).

Pat's has shown us where he "stands" - atop the campaign contributions of corrupt businesses used to buy wishy-washy politicians who will look the other way if the price is right, and then try to tell the voters that his hands are tied.

Posted by: asmith1 | June 5, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

I 100% agree w/ asmith1's comment. My vote on Tuesday is going to Fimian, because he understands that his constituents do not want illegal immigrants living in our county.

Whereas Herrity is only concerned w/ making PC statements and appears to be as "wishy-washy" as they come, wanting to only deport the "criminal" illegal immigrants as opposed to all illegal immigrants, Fimian has drawn a clear line in the sand:

“With plans for a day-labor center moving forward, I join with Centreville residents and business owners in opposition. As well intentioned as proponents of this project may be, it sends entirely to the wrong message to people who have, in many cases, broken our laws to be here and invites a host of problems including increased potential for crime in the area.”

"If the federal government would just do its job, states, localities and well intentioned citizens would not be left with the responsibility of figuring out what to do with illegal immigrants. The rule of law is a fundamental underpinning of our way of life and our system of government. Unfortunately most of the career politicians in Washington love to write new laws, but lack the resolve or good judgment, or both, to enforce existing ones.”

“There are a lot of commonsense steps we can take to address this problem, including securing our borders by whatever means necessary and having police check the immigration status of anyone arrested for committing a crime. Above all, we must make sure career politicians like Gerry Connolly, who are eager for millions of new voters, are not successful in their efforts to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants whose very first action was breaking the law to enter our nation.”

Posted by: The_Truth777 | June 5, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

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