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Stewart Testifies at Immigration Enforcement Hearing

washingtonpost.com editors

Prince William County Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large) testified before the House Republican Policy Committee on immigration enforcement this afternoon.

Not sure exactly what he had to say, since he spoke "extemporaneously" -- his office sent out a release announcing his appearance after the hearing started. The last time Stewart testified before Congress, he veered from the county-prepared text, upsetting some supervisors.

On his way into the Board of Supervisors meeting, which started before he made it back to Prince William, he said he spoke about the "remarkable success of the crackdown on illegal immigration," citing a 19.3 percent decrease in the crime rate.

Only thing is, the number he's touting is not new. It was first released in February and represents a drop between 2006 and 2007 - long before illegal immigration enforcement went into effect this March. The board did, however, begin discussing the measures last summer.

"Although that's technically true, the reality is illegal immigrants began leaving as soon as we announced the policy," Stewart said.

Tying the declining crime rate to the crackdown is misleading, immigrant advocate groups have said.

Police Chief Charlie T. Deane did send the board up-to-date crime numbers for 2008 late last month. But Stewart isn't using those numbers and they show no demonstrable difference. Besides, crime rates in Prince William County have shown a steady decrease over the last five years.


-- Kristen Mack

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 8, 2008; 4:03 PM ET
Categories:  Immigration , Kristen Mack , Prince William  
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Comments

What a completely pathetic and disgusting display of scumbaggery. Seriously desparate political grandstanding at the expense of the innocent. Karma will catch up....

Posted by: Don Quixote | July 8, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

You illegal alien hugging journalists just can't bear the fact that ENFORCEMENT WORKS. Give credit where credit is due. With less illegals around, communities save on their budget, the unemployment rate (for citizens) decreases, and crimes decrease.

Posted by: zeeazil | July 8, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Dear Kristen:
Have you hugged an illegal alien today? No, then that is what spurred this biased, unsubstantiated, demeaning article?
When you grow up, perhaps you'll be a real journalist then.

Posted by: zeezil | July 8, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

It is about time that the WAPO, instead of publishing sob stories about illegals, started telling us how enforcement works and the benefits enforcement bring to a communit. Getting rid of immigrant students will drop the ESL costs and maybe they can get rid of some ESL teachers and the expense on the community. Illegal immigrants are a burdern on society and must be found and deported. Every good citizen should report employers that they know hire illegal immigrants to ICE.

Posted by: Lavrat2000 | July 9, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

While crime has dropped by 19% in Prince William county where they cracked down on illegal immigration.

In Montgomery County, where they allow illegal immigration to run rampant, crime has become "out of control"

It's so bad, as noted in these June 2008 articles (see links below), that the local Hispanics are having special meetings with the police.

Residents said "their area was under siege -- in the middle of a crime wave including gangs, prostitution and drugs."


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/12/AR2008061203845.html
http://www.nbc4.com/news/16580270/detail.html
http://www.examiner.com/a-1443218~Washington_area_police_report_wave_of_burglaries__cite_illegal_immigrants.html?cid=temp-popular

Posted by: Becky Lewis | July 9, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Look at the Fairfax Police News releases, crime arrest statistics or at Arlington County's Most Wanted. The percentage number of Hispanic's arrested is 3x their percentage of the population.

The majority of Hispanics in Fairfax are here illegally. Don't believe me? Walk down the street and ask (in Spanish). You'll be lucky to find one that says they are here legally.

Posted by: Fairfax Legal Citizen | July 9, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

well this article really seems objective and unbiased. snark.

this is kinda like the trashy story the post covered on that guy who put up a "liberty wall" that proclaims our area is the capital of hate and how america is run by the KKK. really good stuff.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

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