The DC Examiner today examined the reactions to the Brookings Institute Study of Prince William County’s Immigration Resolution by some who find fault with the report.
Prince William County’s government was unprepared for — and reacted ineffectively to — a massive influx of Hispanic immigrants, according to a study released this week, but some have raised questions about the report’s methods and findings.
The report by Audrey Singer, Jill H. Wilson and Brooke DeRenzis of the Brookings Institution also concluded that there was not sufficient vetting of the immigration resolution or research into its potential consequences before its passage two years ago.
The Examiner looks at the different phases of the Immigration Resolution. The heart of the controversy about the Institute’s findings seems to be the vetting process of the BOCS’s actions. Critics of the findings, including Corey Stewart, say that there was proper vetting and that the long, marathon citizen’s time of October 16, 2007 was sufficient discussion.
According to Stewart,
“This was the most widely debated issue before the board in at least 25 years,” he said, citing an all-night “marathon” public input session the night of Oct. 16, 2007, before the second iteration of the resolution was passed.
Stewart added that he was never contacted during the research portion of the report. “I was at the center of the debate,” he said. “It looks to me like they had a conclusion they had in mind.”
So Corey feels the debate is all about him? Goodness gracious. He felt they had a conclusion in mind? I wonder what those hundreds of souls who spoke at the marathon meeting on October 16, 2007 felt when each and every supervisor voted yes to the resolution that was heard without a public hearing. Perhaps this was the most honest appraisal of the situation yet. Corey feels it was all about him. Was it?
Perhaps Corey Stewart needs to stop and think a minute. Did the BOCS follow their own governing rules about public hearings? No one debates that the October 16, 2007 meeting was probably the longest citizens’s time on record. But Citizens’ Time is NOT a public hearing. More to come on that subject…..