Is Perception Reality?

Apparently Pat Herrity is rather contemptuous of PWC’s handling of

According to the DC Examiner, Fairfax Chair-hopeful Pat Herrity pretty much relegated illegal immigration to a less than important position on the Fairfax County political spectrum. An economic crisis and a $500 million dollar budget shortfall seem to be taking up all the attention of the leadership of our neighbors to the north.

Herrity was rather critical of PWC.

Herrity on Thursday criticized as “mean-spirited” the policies of Prince William, which in fiscal 2008 turned over more suspected
Illegal immigrants to federal authorities than any other government in the region. The measures led to an exodus of Hispanic residents.

“I don’t think they looked out for the legal immigrants,” Herrity said Thursday. “They were perceived as attacking immigrants period, versus making the strong distinction between illegal and legal.”

At the same time, he leveled charges of inaction at his own board. Herrity said illegal immigration has brought about “significant budget impacts,” and he criticized supervisors for taking years to begin combating illegal boarding houses.

Not to be upstaged, Corey Stewart, Chairman of PWC BOCS retorted, calling Herrity’s comments disappointing and surprising:

“He’s got to do what he thinks he’s got to do in order to win,” he said. “That’s kind of an ignorant statement to make, frankly.”


While I don’t necessarily agree that the Immigration Resolution had that much impact on the situation in PWC, I find it disturbing that other jurisdictions have the perceptions that they have.

How odd that this article should appear today, in light of the debate raging on Anti. Here’s a new thread for its continuation. Do you feel the Resolution did, in fact, drive off Hispanics, legal or illegal, or was it the economy and the jobs drying up? Did PWC fail to distinguish between legal and illegal in their operations?

[Thanks to Censored for sending the article my way.]

Register Now for City’s Nov. 15 Neighborhood Conference

Thanks to Chris for submitting this announcement:

Regina “R.J.” Blair, an upbeat and motivating Neighborhood Coordinator from Fort Worth, Texas, will be the keynote speaker at the City of Manassas’ Second Annual Neighborhood Conference on Saturday, November 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Carteret Mortgage Boys and Girls Club, 9501 Dean Park Lane, Manassas (behind Jennie Dean Elementary School).

Blair, who says of city employees, “We should picture ourselves standing in the driveway and seeing things from a citizen’s point of view,” holds three degrees in architecture and city planning and leads the Sunrise Edition Redevelopment Organization, a non-profit capacity building organization in Fort Worth.

The theme of the conference is “Neighborhood Power – Building Community Connections & Partnerships.” Participants can choose to attend two of these workshop sessions:

· When Sparks Fly – Resolving Neighborhood Conflict

· Gangs, Graffiti and Good Neighbors – Starting a Neighborhood Watch

· The Future of Your Neighborhood – The Manassas Next Initiative

· Stand Up and Be Heard – How to Communicate With Your City Leaders

· Know Your Rights – Fair Housing to Traffic Stops

· Show Me the Money – How to Get Funding for Your Neighborhood Projects

Enjoy a Block Party box lunch and vote for your favorite “Divine Desserts” from local churches. Luncheon remarks will cover “Fair Housing is Everyone’s Right.” A Marketplace of exhibits and booths will be open all day. Talk with Special Guest – News & Messenger columnist and “Short Cuts” Cookbook Author Mary Ann Kauchak, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Girl Scouts and other local youth will be helping with this program, from on-site registration and speaker introductions to offering children’s activities for ages 6 and older. There is also a special technology room for teens. Stay to the end for the Best of Neighborhood Awards, door prizes and free apples and pumpkins to take home. Register now at or call 703-257-8240. If you live or work in the City of Manassas or Prince William area, you are welcome to attend. Cost of admission: Free, but everyone is encouraged to bring a can of food to donate to the SERVE food pantry.

Press please contact: Kisha Sogunro, Neighborhood Services Coordinator, City of Manassas, 703-257-8240