Saturday, September 10, 2005

Prince William Under a State of Emergency?

An article in the Gainesville Times discusses how Supervisor John Stirrup wishes for a State of Emergency to be called in Prince William County based on the number of illegal immigrants When Chairman of Prince William County , Sean Connaughton was asked to responded, he stated:"We're looking at the potential of thousands of Americans who have been killed and billions of dollars that have been lost," Chairman Sean Connaughton (R) said, referring to Hurricane Katrina. "I have a hard time with how we can be asking for this county to be called a disaster area."

13 Comments:

At 9/10/2005 05:54:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

Every once in a while common sense collides with hysteria. The result is not very pretty. I hope (for their sakes) that Mr. Stirrup (and Mr. Frederick) never encounter a real emergency.

 
At 9/11/2005 10:39:00 AM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

As one who believes in smaller, more efficient government, I think we need to focus on priorities. Does anyone actually believe that our illegal immigration "issue" is bigger a priority in terms of federal dollars than Katrina right now?

 
At 9/11/2005 01:58:00 PM, Anonymous mitch's wife said...

Obviously, John Stirrup does.

 
At 9/11/2005 11:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those who believe that illegal immigration is simply a clandestine form of foreign invasion and takeover of our country would find it more critical than a disaster, no matter how severe, from which we will recover.

And those who don't have a hard time explaining why we would scream bloody murder if the Mexican Army marched into Texas, even if they didn't start shooting, but we don't really want the feds involved when MS-13 is marching armed combatants right into Arlington, Fairfax, and even Prince William.

I wouldn't take a DOLLAR of Katrina aid and redirect it to the illegal immigration problem.

And it is unfortunate that the politicians latched onto the "emergency" language right before Katrina.

Of course, nobody seems to be chastising Bill Richardson (D-New Mexico) who started the illegal-immigrant-state-of-emergency stuff.

BTW, I don't buy into the state of emergency stuff, I'm just saying that it isn't a completely whacky idea.

 
At 9/12/2005 09:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mexican Army did roll into Texas last week. A large military convoy under command of a Brigadier General and containing food and mobile field kitchens crossed the border midweek and headed toward (of all places) San Antonio to the enthusiastic cheers of by-standers. The U.S. Army liaison officer who saw to the arrangements for the border crossing was very complimentary of his Mexican counterparts.

Realize this is not directly on point, but it was inspired by the comment concerning how we'd yell bloody murder if the Mexican Army crossed the border. The anwer is tha it depends on what they're doing. If they're supplying generous help to our citizens, we'll stand by the roadside and cheer.

 
At 9/12/2005 09:50:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

Memo to John: No, it was a disaster area when we had a Dem majority on the BOCS. Things aren't perfect, but have improved somewhat since the GOP gained a majority.

 
At 9/12/2005 01:32:00 PM, Anonymous Trent Barton said...

What everyone needs to understand that in US Code and Virginia Code the term State of Emergency has different meanings for different types of emergencies. The State of Emergency that Stirrup and Frederick are calling for is not taking funds or attention away from Katrina. The Declaration only means that the Commonwealth of Virginia can ask the Federal Government to dedicate more funds to fighting the illegal alien problems that our county/state is facing.

For those who think that anyone would want to take funds away from victims of Katrina and put it inside Prince William County are pandering to shriek and fear tactics similarly to those we have become accustom to with those with a political axe to grind against Stirrup and Frederick.

I applaud Stirrup and Frederick with trying to do something instead of building job centers with our tax dollars to only turn around and deny that when 56% of Virginian's are against it.

 
At 9/12/2005 04:46:00 PM, Blogger MR JMS said...

Who in PWC other than Barg wants a job center?

 
At 9/12/2005 05:05:00 PM, Anonymous marty nohe said...

"Things aren't perfect, but have improved somewhat since the GOP gained a majority."

Jim, that's the second nicest thing you've ever said to me.

 
At 9/12/2005 09:56:00 PM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

We don't need more money from the Feds to address this issue. We need to demand that the Fed do their job! Don't get we wrong, I take this problem as seriously as everyone else. But I'm tired of allowing the Federal government to take my tax money and then not deliver on it's responsibilities.

I'm also grow weary of the tie-in with gang violence that always seems to creep its way into this discussion. Gang violence is a major problem, regardless of the nationality perpetrator. We need to actively flush these guys out, try them all as adults and deal with this situation forcefully. No young person should ever rightfully believe that belonging to a gang that breaks the law is anything but a ticket to a life behind bars. Or worse.

 
At 9/12/2005 09:56:00 PM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

Sorry, I guess there are some issues that I'm not quite so "moderate" on.

 
At 9/13/2005 09:31:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

Don't get too excited, Marty: you didn't make the majority (that happened for the first time in '95). ;-)

I'd be interested in knowing what you think was the first, though. Defending you against the back hair handle, perhaps?

 
At 9/13/2005 01:03:00 PM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

You sure it wasn't "Marty's Frequent B.O.?"

 

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