Thursday, August 18, 2005

Herndon Town Council Approves Center

According to this article in the August 18, 2005 edition of the Washington Times, the taxpayer-funded center for day laborers has been approved:
"The Herndon Town Council last night approved a proposed center for immigrant day laborers on a 5-2 vote.

"On Tuesday and again last night before voting after 11 p.m., the council heard testimony from scores of residents, most of whom oppose the application filed by Project Hope and Harmony, a group of community leaders and churches seeking to curb problems associated with day laborers loitering at one of the town's 7-Eleven stores.

"Project Hope and Harmony wants to open a trailer at the town's police station for day laborers who now congregate at the 7-Eleven. The center would provide restrooms and offer English classes and access to social workers to day laborers, who include legal immigrants and illegal aliens.

"Project Hope and Harmony is looking for private donations and has applied for a grant from Fairfax County.

"The county has set aside $400,000 in taxpayer funds from its $3 billion annual budget to address the day-labor problem in Herndon, Annandale, Culmore and Springfield. It has yet to grant the funds to any group, and officials are still reviewing applications....

"The [planning] commission [a few weeks ago] voted 4-3 against recommending the proposal after the majority of residents who spoke said they opposed it.

"Mayor Michael O'Reilly supports the center, and he said before the meeting yesterday that he was looking forward to suggesting some restrictions on the application.

"He said he would prefer a regulated site over the current gathering place, which prompts complaints from residents that workers litter, urinate in public and harass women....

"Groups such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform and Judicial Watch have threatened to sue the town if it approves the day-laborer center, saying it would encourage illegal immigration."
Will the just-approved center be a place in which immigration status is regularly checked? Based on much of the news coverage I've seen, the center will serve legals and illegals, alike.

The controversy over the Herndon Center may have significant repercussions for other areas in the United States. And the cost of cheap labor just got more expensive--on the taxpayers' backs.


At 8/18/2005 3:42 PM, Blogger G_in_AL said...


I put up a quick little post you might like...

At 8/18/2005 4:36 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

What a great video clip! Nothing new under the sun, right?

At 8/18/2005 8:32 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I guess we like to subsidize illegal immigrants, don't we? ... sad.


At 8/18/2005 8:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well hell, let's just encourage illegal behavior through taxpayer subsidies -- that should solve the problem.

At 8/18/2005 9:23 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

All this with Herndon is practically in my back yard. I still can't believe the Town Council did this stupid thing--and in the midst of an area-wide outbreak of gang warfare, too.

The council knew full well how the constituency felt, but the ones who pay the council's salary dont' count.

At 8/18/2005 11:45 PM, Blogger loboinok said...

Great post as always. Seems the taxpayers pay for all kinds of stuff they don't want to, and in many cases don't even realize.

At 8/19/2005 8:03 AM, Blogger Warren said...

One of the truisms of state-craft is; tax what you wish to discourage, subsidize that which you wish to increase.

The Herndon Town Council, has just voted to subsidize illegal aliens and will increase their numbers in Herndon.

As surely as anything!

At 8/19/2005 8:20 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Isn't the Herndon Town Council breaking some kind of law? Aiding and abetting illegals, or something?

At 8/19/2005 8:08 PM, Blogger NYgirl said...

So much for illegals contributing to society. We taxpayers are being forced to aid & abette law breakers.

AOW, I don't know if that's applicable as illegal immigration has been decriminalized now. Most police depts are forbidden from arresting illegals or asking the immigration status of a suspect.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle aren't willing to deal with this.

At 8/20/2005 10:31 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

NY Girl,
Neither of the two major political parties seems willing to address the issue of illegal immigration.

Now that Herndon has taken the stop of establishing the center, other areas close by are doing the same.

Here's an interesting factoid: The Herndon Town Council is building the center far away from the heart of their downtown. Instead, the center will be built west of town, very close to a subdivision in Loudoun County.

Two interesting points about Herndon's choice of location:
1. The immigrants say that it's too far away from downtown Herndon, so they don't want the center located there.
2. Loudoun County is objecting to the building of such a center adjacent to a residential neighborhood.

Also, a few days ago, an illegal day-laborer in nearby Spotsylvania County, VA, was arrested for the kidnap and rape of a 15-year-old girl who walked by a construction site. There is talk of suing the day-laborer's employer, who knew full well about his employee's immigrant status.

Are all illegals violent criminals? No, but some are. Recent figures in CA reveal that some 60% of violent crimes in Southern CA are committed by illegals. Criminological theory indicates that illegals don't become violent criminals when they get to the United States. Rather, they were already criminals in their homeland.

At 8/21/2005 3:31 AM, Blogger David Schantz said...

I've always thought that people and businesses that hired illegals should be hit with heavy fines for helping them break the law. Now I feel the Town Council for their actions too.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


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