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Feds Slap Down Arlington’s Immigration Resolution

by ARLnow.com October 1, 2010 at 8:46 am 3,606 112 Comments

Arlington’s effort to withdraw from the federal Secure Communities immigration enforcement program has hit a big snag. Turns out withdrawing is harder than the county board originally thought.

The program checks the immigration status of individuals arrested by local police agencies by using fingerprints submitted to the FBI. If an offender is a known illegal immigrant, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement asks the local agency to hold the prisoner until immigration officers can take appropriate action.

The Washington Post reports that since local police need to check prisoners’ wanted status via the FBI database, withholding fingerprints from the Feds is not feasible.

“It is most frustrating,” said county board member Walter Tejada, upon learning of the revelation from a Washington Post reporter. Tejada, who championed the resolution that instructed the county manager to take steps to withdraw from Secure Communities, said lawyers and officials spent the summer researching how to opt out of the program.

  • DVDA

    America, Fuck yeah.

  • Greggie Boy

    This guy has to go. He’s just making Arlington more illegal-friendly. I ‘hope’ vote for someone different in the next election. That’s ‘change’ we could live with… the Arlington liberal stronghold must change, and this is a clear example of ‘why’.

    • Vinh An Nguyen

      the Arlington liberal stronghold must change

      You have the whole rest of the state, teabagger. Just move.

      • Jack

        resorting to personal attacks? that’s not very progressive or appropriate.

        • Shawn

          It’s amazing how liberals “claim” to be so accepting of other peoples beliefs, unless it disagrees with theirs.

          • Jay F.

            It’s also amazing how conservatives “claim” to want to get the government out of people’s lives, yet have no problem with the relentless expansion of the police state.

      • Andrew

        So if you aren’t liberal, you’re a tea bagger?

        • Justin

          Call yourself whatever you want, but if Arlington is too progressive for you, you have the rest of Virginia to choose from. Maybe you’ll enjoy hick values more than cosmopolitan ones.

          • Jason S

            “Hick values” is a nice way to be a jerk, but not a solid way of convincing people to change their minds on an issue.

          • Justin

            I don’t want them to change their minds, I just want them to leave and join their brethern downstate.

    • BoredHouseWife

      I am sorry but the fact that Arlington is liberal has allowed it to be a successful community. You want tea bagger govt. go move south or west. Don’t come into our liberal paradise and poop on it.

      Did Tejada think that police wouldn’t be turning illegals into the feds if they were arrested for criminal behavior? If he did hes a moron.

      • Greggie Boy

        When I moved here in 1972, it was not the ‘liberal paradise’ as you put it.

        Arlington has become one because the government keeps expanding and hiring people, which keeps people moving into the area for work, which brings in liberals who think that big government is good, (they are ‘protected’ because you can’t fire an incompetent government worker easily enough), and they move into Arlington because they have enough money to do so. Those who don’t have the bucks must move further out into the burbs or PG county.

        Liberal paradise? You must lead a pretty sheltered life, because the way I see it is that nothing about Arlington is “Paradise”. There are much better places to live IMO. If I could get the job I have with the pay, I would move out of your paradise in a heartbeat.

        Possibly the biggest problem with life outside of your paradise is that it’s hard to get jobs anywhere except in the proximity of huge government.

        Watch your back because your paradise will change someday.

        Ok, enough already. Back to work! and enough of this stoopid drivel.

        • Jenna’s Bush

          You defense contractors are sucking off the government teat just as much as any federal employee.

          • Eddie

            The next county board regular meeting is October 23rd. Perhaps everyone commenting here should attend – I plan to be there. We may find it harder to make our points by calling each other names when we are face to face…

        • Jessica

          I appreciate the hard work and careful thought that Mr. Tejada and the other Board members put into making our town what it is. Many of us in Arlington enjoy the diversity of our community. I believe it’s appropriate for such a diverse, educated community to make a stand against a wrong-headed federal program created by George Bush that encourages arrests of people just because of their race.

          • DB

            It is hardly because of their race. If they aren’t here in violation of immigration laws they have nothing to fear.

        • BoredHouseWife

          I have lived in Arlington as long as you have. I don’t know, I think Arlington, especially when you compare it to most counties in the DC area, is doing fairly well. Apparently, Arlington isn’t that bad, because you haven’t fled yet.

        • Just the Facts

          “Liberal paradise? You must lead a pretty sheltered life, because the way I see it is that nothing about Arlington is “Paradise”. There are much better places to live IMO. If I could get the job I have with the pay, I would move out of your paradise in a heartbeat.”

          This doesn’t make sense. Arlington is among the most expensive places to live in the DC region. You could move 25 miles south or west, cut your housing expense by 40% or more, and revel in the less progressive communities out there.

      • Rover

        “Did Tejada think that police wouldn’t be turning illegals into the feds if they were arrested for criminal behavior?”

        Last I checked, being an illigal is criminal behavoir.

        • BoredHouseWife

          Illegal is a status. Behavior requires actions.

          • Rover

            No, illigal means they are breaking the law by being in this country. Being classified as “caucasian” or “hispanic” is a status. Last I checked I would be arrested (or fined, etc.) for breaking the law as a legal resident.

            You may not like the law, but you do have to adhere to it or pay the penalty if caught. It is pretty simple. That said, I have no problem with anyone voting or lobbying to have law changed. It is the American way.

        • Liberal Christian

          No, thus far (despite Arizona’s efforts to the contrary) it is not a crime to be an undocumented immigrant.

        • Just the Facts

          Wrong, wrong, wrong. Up to half of the illegal immigrants in this country have committed only a CIVIL immigration violation and are NOT criminals.

      • Jason S

        Bored,

        Arlington’s “success” has more to do with proximity to Washington DC than specific policies. Many of the policies being pushed are eerily similar to California, but California does not have the cash raining down from the federal government.

        • Lou

          Exactly. You never hear anybody refer to DC as a liberal paradise, yet the two governments are very similarly aligned. Arlington is unique in a lot of ways that are purely circumstantial and self-create the environment that people like to brag about.

          • Vinnie Fenty

            Huh? DC doesn’t have proximity to the Federal government?

          • Jason S

            DC has more than proximity, which explains areas like Northwest and the rest of the Fenty-supporting areas. Much of the district is left out of benefiting from the federal job opportunities, but in a sense this is like South Arlington or South Fairfax along Route 1. Virtually all of the prosperous areas in the national capital region are that way because they are in the national capital region and not because the people who live their are extraordinary in anyway.

          • Lou

            That’s right. DC also has proximity to the Federal Govt. That’s why it is not one of the unique factors. If two entities share that, it is not unique to one.

          • Joe

            Arlington is unique in a lot of ways

            Which is what makes it a great place to live!

        • Arnold S.

          Actually, California is the largest recipient of Federal dollars.

          • Actually, I believe Alaska is the highest per capita state on federal government spending.

            That Alaskan statewide rate is dwarfed by the rate in Northern Virginia due primarily to defense and government procurement related contractors.

        • Brett

          My thoughts exactly.

        • Just the Facts

          Try to sell the “proximity to Federal gov’t automatically equals success” argument to PG County….

        • I would agree on the macro level, but Arlington dramatically benefits from placement of the metro in the business corridor.

          Then again, that decision is decades old.

    • Jessica

      I strongly disagree with you “Greggie Boy”. County Board member Walter Tejada is one of the best things Arlington County’s got going for it. I suggest you study more about the issues that he and the other Board members are concerned about in their stand against the so-called “Secure Communities” program. A good-sounding name for a program does not constitute a safer community. That program is being used as an excuse to arrest masses of people in other towns, just because they might look like they could be an immigrant.

  • Lou

    Well, this was obviously handled extremely poorly from day one. What in the world were they thinking?

  • Lifelong Resident

    This makes me so happy. I wish we could just dump this idiotic county board and start over.

    • el fat kid

      +1

    • Just the Facts

      You can. Vote them out, one a year for five years, and you’ll have a new Board. Oh wait, you can’t do that because the majority of voting Arlingtonians disagree with you.

  • YTK

    This is good news. We have enough problems with illegals in Arlington already. Why does Tejada want to make it worse????

  • Let’s Be Free

    Twice I or a family member have been victims of so-called “minor” crimes perpetrated by illegal immigrants in Arlington Country. Got to tell ya, when it gets personal it doesn’t feel so minor. Tejada, Zimmerman and company are the cadre responsible for coddling the criminals. They all need to get back into the labor pool — the sooner the better.

    • anon

      I too have been a victim of a crime perpetrated by an illegal immigrant in Arlington County. Hopefully once one of these council members, or a member of their family, is attacked they will have no problem checking the immigration status of a person whose arrested.

    • Jessica

      How minor do you think it would feel if you were a law-abiding, hard-working person just trying to survive and people were treating you like a criminal just because you wanted to come to a country where you might have a chance to give your family enough food to eat?

  • Pe4

    Ha Ha Ha!

    How much money was wasted on “lawyers and officials spent the summer researching how to opt out of the program. “

    • Brian

      Remember that these are the same legal and policy geniuses who decided to make the 395 HOT Lanes project into a racial issue. Get rid of them all now!

  • Bob

    Jose W. Tejada (for some reason he feels compelled to not use his given first name, go figure!) has a voter base he needs to pander to. It, in a nutshell, defines his political career. Just read his official bio here to flesh out the details:
    http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/countyboard/meetings/members/countyboardmeetingsmembersjwaltertejada.aspx

    Makes one wonder what his immigration status was at 13…..

    • que_de_que

      Classy.

      Arlington is consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live in for a variety of reasons. The County Board must have been doing something right all these past years, including Mr. Tejada.

      I’m sure that Prince William County would love to have you.

      • Jason S

        Prince William has a large problem with illegals as well.

        Also, Arlington’s success is comparable to somebody living off of their rich parents and calling praising themselves. Without all of the money from the federal government, Arlington would cease to exist as it is now and turn into something more along the lines of a mid-size city lobbying companies to relocate operations to their municipality for the jobs.

        • que_de_que

          Prince William County would love to have you believe their illegal immigrant “problem” has been resolved due to their anti-immigrant policies. That’s why I’m suggesting Bob would probably feel more comfortable living there, among others who feel the same way.

          By saying that Arlington is successful merely due to its proximity to DC, you are ignoring the fact that this County has done a lot to encourage people wanting to live here in the first place. I could have chosen to live in Montgomery County, Alexandria, or even DC proper. But I chose Arlington because of its young, innovative, and diverse environment – all things I think the County Board has done to encourage. I hardly think they’re perfect, but I give them credit where its due.

        • Jason S

          I don’t recall anybody in the news saying Prince William County has cleared up their problems with illegals colonizing Manassas, so your statement doesn’t make sense.

    • Jessica

      Bob, what was the immigrant status of your grandparents or great-grandparents at 13? We are a country of immigrants. Unless you’re native American you are one of them.

      What a shame Mr. Tejada did not consult you before he decided which name he prefers to use for himself. I’ll make sure I check with you before I decide if I want to call myself by my middle name.

  • Hey ARLNOW, here’s your reporter followup question: How did Arlington happen to join the federal Secure Communities program in the first place? Track down how that happened, who made it happen, and why they did it.

    • The state joined the program. It wasn’t a local decision.

      • Eddie

        The original story stated that Arlington was opting out of state participation in the federal program. ARLnow.com is doing a good job of following this story without injecting a political view – kudos.

  • Bluemonter

    All these people blaming illegal’s for crimes committed against them, but in fact on a percentage basis legal residents are the protagonists of most crimes. Also, how do you know the person was illegal? Really, because he looked Hispanic and wore raggedy clothes??? I think people posting need to take a look in the mirror and shed this cereal box patriotism. STOP hiding behind the flag! If you really want to make a change stop blaming the illegal’s and start making a difference in your community by helping your fellow neighbors.
    The real problem is the lack of a solid federal program to legal residency for illegal’s that I am sure every person posting on this board has received service from either directly or indirectly. Wasn’t a problem for people when times were good and you could create wealth by hiring this work force? Guess what now everyone is going to feel the real pain when inflation hits at the beginning of next year and you start paying $5 for a gallon of gas. Inclusion not exclusion is and has been the way of Arlington County for many years. That is why it is billed as a progressive county and why most people live in the county.

    Only bullies with a low sense of self esteem pick on the weak kid in the class…

    • Set the controls

      I couldn’t agree more. One large problem is that with the increasing disparity in wealth distribution in the U.S. the middle class is left with a far smaller slice of the pie than during the last immigration wave. There is no slack to share with 12 million new citizens, many unskilled. Granted, they are here already and Arlington can afford more largesse than most communities. Solve the income inequality problem and the country will be on a much better footing to deal with immigration.

    • que_de_que

      +1

    • anon

      Arlington police told me he was an illegal. The immigration problem is a huge issue, but it seems like common sense that people who commit crimes, or are reasonable suspected of doing so, should not be allowed to stay in this country and Arlington should be submitting their names to the federal government. I believe in the case of illegals committing crime, they are being the bullies and innocent citizens are the victims.

    • Jason S

      When legal residents make up most of the population, it is probable that they would commit more of the crimes. However, the discussion is about proportionality of crimes committed. The mere presence in the country being one crime already puts illegals ahead of the pack when many residents have no crimes on their record.

      • Liberal Christian

        “when many residents have no crimes on their record” — which is not the same as not committing any crimes. None of us who have ever driven a car can claim we have never committed a crime, let’s be honest. Experimented with drugs? Crime. The issue is getting caught, not committing crimes. And law enforcement tends to focus on low-income black and brown people. The reality of Secure Communities it that it is not getting violent criminals for the most part. The links Kristina posted below show some of the real statistics.

      • que_de_que

        If someone overstays their visa, it is considered that they are here illegally but NOT criminals. Overstaying a visa is a civil infraction. Get your laws straight.

  • Paul

    If you are not in this country legally, go home or be removed. many people went through the official process to come here legally. Just because you are here, does not give you the right to stay.

    This whole episode is another attempt by Jose to bring more of his countrymen/women to this country. To heck with the legal residents.

  • Dan

    “said lawyers and officials spent the summer researching how to opt out of the program”

    More legal fees incurred by the Board.

    • Lou

      He made a point to say lawyers worked pro bono. I suspect that’s a politician who is becoming more sensitive to constituent’s fiscal concerns about how the County is spending money.

      I’d still like to see an accounting for any monies that went into this misguided initiative. To be so fundamentally wrong about what the County’s role is in Secure Communities is kind of startling behavior from the Board.

  • Captain Krunchy

    Actually, I suspect one of the reasons many people pick to live in Arlington is because it is the closest metro-accessible area to downtown DC without having to live in the ass backwards “city” that is DC proper (and the retrogression they will likely now endure with their new almost-mayor-elect(!))… I doubt the lofty concepts of “inclusion” vs “exclusion” factor in many people’s decisions.. at least not on the top of their priority list… But maybe that’s just me… Arlington has a lot of good things going for it. However, this career County Board will only get worse without some fresh blood and reality-check perspectives…

    • General Tso

      And another one of the reasons many people pick to live in Arlington is because it is the closest metro-accessible area to downtown DC without having to live in the ass backwards state that is VA proper.

      • Rover

        You really need to step out of Arlington once in a while. There is plenty of business in “ass backwards” Alexandria City, Fairfax County, and even parts of Prince William and Loudoun. By the way, someone is spending a lot of money to extend the metro to Tysons Corner, in “ass backwards” Fairfax County because of all of that business. Not everything is in DC, except for quite a bit of the corruption. But, I see Arlington has their fair share of that too.

        • General Tso

          Who’s talking about the number of businesses? It’s about attitude and lifestyle.

          • Rover

            As I said, you should step out of Arlington once in a while.

          • Jason S

            It would be nice if narrow-minded arrogance could be unexpected in Arlington.

          • General Tso

            And you think you’ll find that in red Virginia? Good luck.

      • Jason S

        I don’t understand what is so terrible about the rest of Virginia. This is a large country with variety of people, some people like big cities (I love New York), some like small cities (the people in most I have visited are nicer than Arlington residents), and some like small towns. For some, it is hard to believe that others might not want to be exactly like them, but I appreciate the perspectives of people different from me and can actually regard them as worthwhile human beings.

        • Jennifer

          I appreciate the perspectives of people different from me and can actually regard them as worthwhile human beings.

          Then you won’t like living with hicks. And probably why you choose a “blue” area as opposed to a “red” one.

  • tuesdayschild

    Why cannot the republican party put up a good candidate against these fools on the Board?

    • ken mehlman

      We need our own Christine O’Donnell!

      • BoredHouseWife

        Thanks, I needed the laugh:)

      • Skeptical

        Because there’s just too damn much masturbation going on in Arlington.

  • Liberal Christian

    I don’t understand the hostility and hatred aimed at immigrants. Immigrants, including undocumented ones, are an economic engine in our country, not a drain. Next time you enjoy a stawberry in winter or open your nicely packaged chicken breasts, thank an immigrant. Have we lost our ability to look at others as human beings? Unless you are a Native American, your family has its own immigration story. Do you remember it? Sadly, our economic policies since NAFTA have flooded Mexico and Latin America with cheap produce, bankrupting many small farmers, and increasing the pressure on people to come to the U.S. so their families can survive. Why don’t we talk about our own culpability in this immigration crisis and work towards economic policies that can allow people to stay home where we would all much rather be?

    • Jennifer

      People who justify illegal immigration by saying “unless you are Native American, we all are immigrants” always fail to take into account just what became of those Native Americans and their culture once they were subjected to unlimited immigration.

      • Liberal Christian

        I guess I don’t call genocide and mass displacement of native peoples “immigration.” To the extent today’s immigrants engage in military operations akin to those of those early European “immigrants”, they are on behalf of the United States military.

        • Jennifer

          Whether by military conquest or Reconquista, that ignores the result of what happens to the current culture when millions of people choose to relocate.

      • Kristina

        Good point. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

        • Jennifer

          I’m not going anywhere, honey. I was here first and I fight for what’s mine.

          • Bluemonter

            Jennifer you were not here first and all this hate you feel again is just frustration brought on by your own short comings….

          • Jason S

            How can you know her psychological state without having met her? It’s just ideologically-driven speculation on your part.

          • Jennifer

            Where have I expressed “hate”?

          • I know this topic elicits strong feelings, but please refrain from personal attacks. Argue about the points, not with the people making them. Thanks.

    • Rover

      When an illigal immigrant is utilizing benefits funded by the tax base (public schools, welfare, etc.) but is not contributing to the tax base because his pay is “under the table”, how is that not a drain? Aside from illigal immigration being a crime, I do have a problem paying for someone who is unwilling to contribute financially to the society they are working in. The whole country is made up of human beings. I for one am more concerned that my tax payments are going to my family and community than to support someone who is here illigally utilizing those benefits. Does that make me uncaring? No. I welcome him/her if they are legit and fit into the society properly.

      • Liberal Christian

        It is a misperception that undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes, see:

        Fiscal Facts: Tax Contributions of Virginia’s Undocumented Immigrants. The Commonwealth Institute. 2008.
        This study found that the estimated 250,00-300,000 illegal immigrants provided $145 million to $174 million in state income, excise and property taxes annually.

        And undocumented immigrants (and I many other legal non-citizens) cannot get welfare. On the contrary, out of fear of deportation, most undocumented immigrants do everything they can to avoid contact with government assistance. Yes, some undocumented children attend our schools, but many are citizens, and educating them seems to me in the public interest. I consider my community everyone who lives here regardless of where they are born. My family has been here since before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but I feel like my being born here is a pure accident of birth and don’t see why I deserve any greater privileges based on that accident.

        • Rover

          Let’s see…. $174 million divided by 300,000 is about $580 an illigal immigrant. Last I looked at my various state and local taxes it was a whole lot more than $580. Somebody is paying NO tax.

          I have no problem with the current system providing for anyone who is here who is not committing a crime by being so, including those who obtain school, welfare, or any other form of help on my tax dollar. But, I do not support that for someone who is too lazy to come in the right way. It is about being a criminal, you see. It isn’t about your country of origin, skin color, or income bracket.

          • Liberal Christian

            To me getting here and surviving with so many obstacles stacked against you is a far cry from lazy (and still not a crime to be undocumented).

            Thanks for the dialogue, gotta run!

        • Jennifer

          immigrants provided $145 million to $174 million in state income, excise and property taxes annually.

          But how many millions did they consume in services?

          • Liberal Christian

            The Virgina stats didn’t measure consumption, but other states that did showed a net positive to the state:

            http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=16867

          • JB

            Here is another source of immigrant economic data showing the benefit.

            http://libguides.law.ucla.edu/data/files5/143378/HamiltonProject_10_Economic_Facts_Immigration.pdf

            A quote from that link:
            Taxes paid by immigrants and their children—both legal and unauthorized—exceed the costs of the services they use. In fact, a 2007 cost estimate by the Congressional Budget Office found that a path to legalization for unauthorized immigrants would increase federal revenues by $48 billion but would only incur $23 billion of increased costs from public services, producing a surplus of $25 billion for government coffers. According to the Social Security Administration Trustees’ report, increases in immigration have also improved Social Security’s finances.

          • Jason S

            I couldn’t care less about the tax discussions, even if illegals pay more in taxes than they cost, it doesn’t excuse trying to jump ahead of *legal* immigrants.

          • JB

            Okay, well the “not waiting their turn” argument is a whole new argument. For a large number of people, there isn’t even a line to wait in, if they don’t have a family member sponsor or work sponsor (which is not realistically available for people in manual labor jobs) they can’t get in line. For those that can overcome that hurdle, the ridiculously low cap of people we allow from predominantly black and brown countries can mean waiting periods of a decade or more. While you may argue they should still wait, survival may not allow it. Also, it is not uncommon for a person trying to sponsor a child, for the child to age out of childhood during the waiting period and lose eligibility that way. For folks who have the option to wait in line and come legally — the benefits they receive from that put them in a much better position than someone who came sooner but without the same benefits.

  • Kristina

    I support the County Board of Supervisor’s actions. All immigrants bring enormous economic and cultural benefits to our community. We should put aside the hate and embrace our immigrant neighbors. I will definitley be voting for Walter Tejada should he decide to run during the next election. Maybe you guys should get better informed before you go on your anti-immigrant crusade. See below links for more information on the problem with this program.

    Secure Communities Fact Sheet – http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/secure-communities-fact-sheet

    The Secure Communities Program – Unanswered Questions and Continuing Concerns – http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/sites/default/files/docs/Secure_Communities_112309.pdf

    Counties Say No to Ice’s Secure Communities but is Optin Out Possible -http://immigrationimpact.com/2010/10/01/counties-say-no-to-ices-secure-communities-program-but-is-opting-out-possible/

    Immigration Detainers – a Comprehensive Look – http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/sites/default/files/docs/Immigration_Detainers_021710_0.pdf

  • Rover

    ^^^^^ signed Kristina Tejada

  • BoredHouseWife

    I don’t agree that we should turn a blind eye to the illegal problem, but, actively profiling will cause serious issues such as crime. It is not like they can pack up and move back home. These people have no money to contribute, but they could contribute (volunteer etc)if we allow them to. If they made the journey here, let them prove their worthiness to be a part of our community. We don’t give them a chance. People will do the easy thing. Moving is not easy. Once they are actively hunted, they will resort to the community that will accept them no matter where they are from, the criminal community.

  • MC

    Why does Mr Tejada and the Board feel they are entitled to willfully defy the established intent of the Obama administration and the Congress which appropriated $1.2 billion to enforce long established laws? Unilaterally proclaiming you want to “opt-out” when you don’t like federal policies is what Harry Byrd did in the 1950s when the proposed the “massive resistance” against racial integration. I’d be curious if Mr Tejada believes the state of Virginia is legally entitled to “opt out” of the healthcare legislation passed last year. I have not tolerance for any politician of any political persuasion who thinks they are entitled to make up their own rules outside of the democratic process.

  • Jeffrey Elkner

    I’m glad to live in Arlington County *because* we have noble and courages folks like Mr. Walter Tejada on our County Board. It says a lot about the kind of warm and welcoming place that Arlington is.

    Let’s hope we can continue to resist the hate mongering going on in other places and continue to be a community that supports all its members.

    • tuesdayschild

      Noble? Really? I think he is pandering to his political base. Noble is standing up for the rule of law against the special interest groups.

  • Kalashnikev

    This is actually a pretty big deal when one of our local elected officials goes “on the record” against our national sovereignty and the rule of law.

    Does it not sound completely crazy to “opt out” of enforcing the law in an effort to provide legal sanctuary to criminal aliens????

    I’m shocked and disgusted by some of the comments above. Walter Tejada represents a destructive force on our community. He needs to go. NOW.

  • HomeOwner

    The courage the Arlington County Board has shown is tremendous and is very much needed. Someone has to stand up to the ineffective and misguided practices of the Department of Homeland Security.

    The Secure Communities program is not a solution, it is a problem. Arlington has had great success in promoting community, thanks in large part to the trust that exists between the police and the community. The Secure Communities program destroys that trust. I wouldn’t want to live in a place where there was little trust in the police.

  • LawAbider

    Woohoooooo!!! Way to go Mr. Tejada and the rest of the county board, you are an embaressment to this county and now to the rest of the country. I was severely disgusted when the county board unanomously voted to opt out of the Secure Communities program, it showed no regard to federal law and continuous promotion of saying it’s ok to come in to this country illegally. No, Secure Communities is not a total solution but is part of a total solution. Unfortunatly the current president of the US will not enforce the rule of law to complete the solution. One thing that a lot of you nay sayers are missing is the word “illegal”. There is no good reason to encourage breaking the law. Someone commented when the county board first voted on this issue that actions like the one our county board has taken misguides our children with respect to obeying the law. How can we teach our children to respect and not break the law when our elected officials promote such actions to continue the harboring of illegal aliens and vote to break a federal law such as the secure communties program? What the county board has done and it’s ongoing agenda with regards to illegal aliens is dispicable.

    I am one of those who live in Arlington because of it’s proximity to DC where I work. If I did not work in DC there would be no way I would live in Arlington. I grew up in the area and have seen it turn in to the arm pit of Northern Virginia along with Bailey’s Cross Roads/7-Corners and the rest of the Falls Church area.

    If there is any hope for Arlington then Mr. Tejada and the rest of the County board NEEDS to be voted out.

  • Jacqueline

    As a resident and voter of Arlington County, the county board is representing my interests in challenging the Secure Communities program. Each county board member will continue to receive my volunteer time during their campaign seasons, my contributions, and my family’s vote.

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