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Tuesday, September 04, 2007



When Mexicans Without Borders announced their campaign to intimidate the electorate and the business community in Prince William County, they made bold statements about how their actions would bring our community to it's knees. John Steinbach, as a spokesman for Mexicans Without Borders, told the press that "If [the County Board of Supervisors] are actually idiots

enough to implement this proposal, you're going to see an enormous economic impact. That's the reason why the community decided to have this economic boycott, to show the economic muscle of the immigrant community."
Mexicans without Borders has attempted to hold the local business community hostage to their political agenda. Their intemperate rhetoric and inaccurate statements have only served to engender fear and panic in the immigrant community. Their latest failure, a protest which garnered only as many persons who attended their previous community rallies because they brought in illegal alien advocates from Fairfax and Arlington Counties, and some from as far as Wisconsin and Minnesota. Instead of achieving their stated goals, Mexicans Without Borders has only demonstrated that they actually do not represent the immigrant community, which has rejected their calls for a boycott and shunned a protest at which they expected seventy five thousand to attend, but only three thousand actually showed up for.
Illegal aliens that reside in Prince William Count are clearly getting the message that this jurisdiction will not tolerate the continued presence of those who are determined to flaunt our immigration laws, disregard our laws regarding identity theft, residential occupancy limits, or laws prohibiting driving without a driver's license or proper auto liability insurance . As a result, those businesses that have illegal aliens as a significant customer base are reporting 30-40% drops in revenue. They may contend that this is a result of illegal aliens "hiding out", but it is questionable at best that illegal aliens have decided to stop buying food, or doing their laundry. Our belief is that illegal aliens are leaving Prince William County, and this is undeniably a positive for the legal residents and citizens of Prince William County.
Mexicans Without Borders represents itself as the voice of the immigrant community. This week's events clearly demonstrate that the legal immigrant community rejects their tactics, their message, and their "solidarity" with radical armed insurgency groups in other countries.
The following statement was presented by Chris Royse:
      Good afternoon, my name is Chris Royse and I am running to be the next Supervisor from Woodbridge on the Prince William County, VA Board of County Supervisors.  During the recent boycott, called for in protest of the illegal immigration resolution passed by the Board of County Supervisors on July 10th, my campaign took the time to monitor its affects in the Woodbridge District.  My campaign manager and I have routinely spoken with grocers and other business owners, small and large in Woodbridge, and I am here to report to you today that the boycott had, in the words used by those we spoke with, "little to no negative affect" on their business.
                What the boycott has done, however, is attempt to unfairly penalize business owners, some of them small and immigrant owned-the most vulnerable in a world of commercial giants-over the actions of elected officials on the Board of County Supervisors.  The Boycott has also taken the focus off of a comprehensive approach to deal with the negative issues of illegal aliens residing in our community and polarize the issue on solely the Hispanic community in PrinceWilliamCounty.  While I abhor this shameless attempt by Mexicanos Sin Fronteras to make race and culture an issue of local legislation framed to deal with the growing problems surrounding illegal aliens residing at the local level, I must point out that the boycotts failure has shown the lack of support there actually is in the Hispanic community for illegal alien apologists. 
                I have knocked on thousands of doors in Woodbridge during my nearly year long campaign to become the next Supervisor from there and I can tell you without reservation the number one issue in Woodbridge has been and continues to be a cry for help in putting an end to illegal aliens residing in our community.  In the race for the Woodbridge Supervisor's seat, I am the only candidate with a public position on the issues surrounding illegal aliens residing in our community.  My position is one of pro law enforcement.  The people of Woodbridge are concerned for their safety and according to the recent headlines in the Potomac News and Manassas Journal Messenger, they should be.  Recently, in my own neighborhood, one of the assassins involved in the murder of three teenagers in New Jersey last month was arrested after being harbored by individuals, who were arrested as well, for immigration violations and a young lady was sexually assaulted by two illegal aliens in another part of Woodbridge within just the past week.  A culture of lawlessness has been allowed to flourish in Woodbridge and once elected as its Supervisor, I will put an end to it.    
                Now is the time for healing to begin and for us as a community, a community of immigrants at some point in our families past, to come together and solve the problems of illegal immigration at the local level.  I have already begun to reach out to immigrant community leaders through personal contact and my Church to set up a dialogue on how best to move forward with rebuilding Woodbridge after the years of lawlessness allowed by the former, secret, illegal, Sanctuary Policy and how to help those business owners get back on track marketing and serving citizens after being seduced by the shadow economy that has been established as a result of illegal aliens residing here and being emboldened by the lack of enforcement of our ordinances and laws.    The message I have received from the citizens of Woodbridge and the results of this failed boycott give a mandate to all of us-elected officials, candidates and community activists such as the very successful Help Save Manassas and the soon to be fully established Help Save Woodbridge-who have publicly taken on the issue of routing illegal aliens from our community to move forward, protect our Districts and County, deny citizen services to those who are not citizens and rebuild our strong ties to our immigrant communities.  Homeland security begins in the hometown; on November 6th join me in protecting ours by voting for candidates who have publicly taken on the difficult issue of dealing with illegal immigration at the local level.

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Blogger Charles said ... (10:41 AM) : 

I'm torn on this issue.

Certainly the Mexicans without Borders group is wrong about illegal immigration, is probably wrong about the impact of cracking down on the illegal problem, and has an agenda that is un-american.

On the other hand, it is true that if we chase hispanics out of Manassas, there WILL be an impact to local businesses. And it makes sense to call for a "boycott" of limited duration to show businesses what it means to "kick out the illegals", if that will cause other hispanic families to leave Manassas.

And I'm certain it will, if for no reason other than that many legal families have illegal relatives, and they will want to stay together.

So I don't think it was "extortion" to call for a boycott by people who will actually leave manassas or be forced out of manassas. It is simply a way to illustrate what will happen.

BTW, I'm not saying that the actual effect will be overall negative, I think it will be more positive than negative, but I think some businesses will suffer, and not just those that "cater" to illegals.

It's hard to fault a business simply because some of their customers are illegal, just because they provide some spanish-language information -- after all, there are a lot of legal hispanics, both immigrants and citizens, who don't have a good grasp of english.

Government should push all citizens to english, but business should cater to all those who legally have money to spend.


Blogger Carl Kilo said ... (11:11 AM) : 

Very good points Charles.


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