[Guest post by DRJ]
More local governments are adopting policies that deal with illegal immigration:
“Resolutions to deny a potentially wide range of public services to illegal immigrants have thrust two northern Virginia counties into the nation’s immigration debate. The measures passed in July in Prince William and Loudoun counties join a flurry of recent efforts by local governments nationwide that believe the federal government has not done enough to stop illegal immigration.
But while other jurisdictions have focused largely on landlords and employers who knowingly rent to and hire illegal immigrants, the Virginia resolutions take a more direct approach. The National Association of Counties says the two counties are the first it knows of to pass measures aimed at denying services.
They probably will not be the last. Officials in several other Virginia counties have said they plan to follow suit, and the sponsor of the Prince William resolution says he has gotten e-mails from all over the country praising his efforts.”
The AP reporter who wrote this article attempted to personalize the legislation by leading with this …
“Ines Olivia Martinez wonders if her family will be denied medical care. Even her mentally disabled 13-year-old son has been anxiously pointing out police cars amid fears of a local crackdown on illegal immigrants.”
… despite the fact that, later in the same article, the reporter notes this legislation will not affect emergency medical care, K-12 education, or food stamps, and it’s unclear whether it will affect uninsured health care, libraries and parks.
There’s also this nugget:
“Critics say limiting access to facilities would make the counties feel like police states for everyone who sets foot there.
“Everywhere people step, they have to show their documents and prove their right to be there,” said John Trasvina, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.”
Having to produce documents to show entitlement makes this a police state? I have to produce documents every time I cash a check or buy alcohol, and if I used tobacco products I’d have to produce documents then, too.
We must already live in a police state.