Today I read some unpleasantness on a local blog about illegal immigration. The blogmeister(s) made the mistake of quoting F.A.I.R. For the uninitiated (read Baptism by Fire), F.A.I.R. is the Federation for American Immigration Reform. F.A.I.R.’s objectives are to secure the border (southern), to stop illegal immigration and by their own admission, limited the number of legal immigrants into the country.
Here’s the reality of the situation. Supervisor Candland, whether rightly or wrongly, is associated in many people’s minds with the blog where I read the diatribe about unaccompanied minors and the remarks and report by F.A.I.R. He does not want to be associated with F.A.I.R. nor does he want to appear to be anti-immigration.
There are many immigrants living in his district. Many are documented, some are undocumented. When he looks out his front window, he probably doesn’t see as many immigrants as I do. I see middle class immigrants walking their little children to school. These children are clean, and neat and their parents are preparing them to learn for the day. I expect these folks vote.
It just really isn’t smart to come across as someone supporting a nativist group like F.A.I.R. Supervisor Candland, please stay away from anything to do with F.A.I.R. Unaccompanied minors are not our enemy nor our problem. You don’t want to be declaring war on children regardless of what your advisors tell you. You certainly don’t want to be basing any decisions for PWC on a F.A.I.R. report. I can guarantee you it will be biased. This group has a not so hidden agenda. Our county has been used by this group before. Their actions caused great strife in the county. We do not need them.
We had around 2,500 new kids on the roster in Prince William County. Schools do not know the status of the children attending. All LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students are not foreign born. Some are American citizens. Not all LEP students actively take classes. Some are monitored, especially the older children. Not all LEP students are unaccompanied minors. Most live with their own families. The state gives the county money for LEP instruction. The cost isn’t totally covered but a stipend is given. No one ever receives instruction in any language but English.
Let’s not have another boogie man. Supervisor Candland, you are probably innocent of all this hysteria. Please do not get swept into the maelstrom I saw on the blog where you are the favorite son. I have never read so much misinformation. It just isn’t a winning proposition for you. I hope you will run, not walk, away from this situation.
There is a category on this blog regarding F.A.I.R. (see sidebar)
Need a refresher course on what happens when anti immigration elements try to take over your county? Watch 9500 Liberty online.
F.A.I.R. was labeled a nativist hate group by SPLC. (Southern Poverty Law Center)