Statement on Housing of Undocumented Border Children in Prince William County July 15, 2014
Statement on the Housing of Undocumented Border Children in Prince William County
July 15, 2014With news breaking this past week that a facility in Prince William County is being used by the Federal Government for an extensive program to house undocumented border children, I believe that two important actions must be taken immediately to address this issue.
First, the County must exhaust every regulatory tool available to stop the placement of any additional undocumented border children anywhere in Prince William County. Now that we know this extensive program exists, we need to stop growing the problem.
Second, every undocumented child who is presently housed in a Prince William County facility that receives taxpayer money must be repatriated with their families as quickly as possible. Furthermore, Prince William County and the Board of County Supervisors should take action to facilitate that process. Read more…
Things in the world look pretty grim. Israel and Gaza, specifically Hamas, are at war. Ground troops have entered Gaza. Could it have been stopped before it got to this stage? Ask Hamas. They are who rejected the cease-fire agreement. I feel badly for the women and children. Women have no power and certainly children don’t. Gaza is tiny. There is no place to run and hide. This is a difficult region to understand. What I do understand is why Israel doesn’t want rockets fired in on its population.
Russian separatists have downed a Malaysian commercial airline. The militants won’t allow the international community in to aid recovery efforts. The scene sounds horrific. There isn’t much doubt at this point that the plane was shot down. This evil act of aggression on an innocent civilian population is totally inexcuseable.
Watch Russia scramble to make up excuses for itself, as usual.
Crash victims were mainly from the Netherlands but victims from 10 other countries were also killed. The world mourns the loss of these innocent souls lives.
Are we on the brink of some sort of mass war? I hesitate to say WWIII, but we all know from history how those things escalate. Yet, the stock market was thriving on Friday, despite all the grim news. Capitalism never ceases to amaze me.
I am asking that any discussion of Margaret Sanger stay on this thread. There are serious issues in our community and none of them have one damn thing to do with Margaret Sanger.
I think it is important to note that all historical figures must be evaluated in their own place and time. Additionally, the language changes over time. Let’s start with Thomas Jefferson, one of my favorite historical figures.
I grew up in the shadow of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia. I lived in a house off of Rugby Road less than three blocks from Mr. Jefferson’s University. In Charlottesville, everything is Jefferson. He is our hometown hero. He, Jack Joutte and Paul Goodloe McIntire are the three most mentioned town heroes. Jefferson’s influence is certainly national in scope. He is the author of the Declaration of Independence, Revolution visionary, one of the most prominent thinkers of his time, inventor, statesman, diplomat, first secretary of state and president for two terms.
Just what we need. Another Arizona politician weighing in on those damn YMCA campers with iphones.
They were sad alright. Those campers were on a field trip.
Can we at least leave kids alone? It takes really cowardly politicians to go after kids.
Let’s let kids get settled in facilities. Let’s encourage our federal legislators to fund money for extra judges, social workers, intake officers etc. so we can facilitate a quick resolution of this issue.
We obviously can’t provide permanent homes for kids without parents. Each kid has his or her own story. Let’s cut the politics and get on with it.
As an aside, Youth for Tomorrow has hired off-duty police to guard their entrance. Good for them. Is this what its come to, folks? A Christian organization feels its necessary to have additional security because of hot heads in the community. I wonder if they have a donation fund for this initiative?
Pro-life isn’t just from fertilization to birth. Life is a continuum that streams from generation to generation.
I find it astonishing that some of our biggest “pro-life” movers and shakers in the community were down at McCoart Building yesterday ready to hop all over the Board of County Supervisors for allowing refugee children to live at Joe Gibb’s private facility, Youth For Tomorrow.
Many “pro-lifers” who feel quite comfortable with legislation that would force a woman to give birth even in extreme cases of rape, incest and fetal anomaly, have no compunction about telling the “illegals” to go back where they came from, even if they are 5, 8 or 11 years old. These same people want to deny these children refuge, even on a temporary basis.
These people simply aren’t pro-life–not by my standards. Perhaps my standards are just a little too high for some of the movers and shakers. From here on out, if I heard you calling out children who are here, alive and kicking, and telling them to go home, I will be calling bullshit on you, regardless of who you are.
Sort of makes you wonder who the real pro-lifers are. Perhaps the very name pro-life has been high-jacked by many who are very short sighted.
I am going to advance a hypothesis. Local people who feel threatened by the refugee children from Central America are the same people who were anti-immigration to start with, you know, back in the day. Yes, the people who smugly went around touting “Illegal is illegal” and feeling like they had just made some sort of deep observation or said something profound. What does surprise me is the fact that these same people are now attacking children. How stupid on my part. Why am I surprised!? Read more…
Very briefly, the BOCS went in to closed session following the invocation. They emerged about a half hour later and Chairman Stewart announced the result of their session which you can hear in the above video.
Posting this video should cut down on the myths, lies and superstitions out there in cyberland. Additionally, Chairman Stewart confirmed that no children were being housed at the Armory on Dumfries Road, outside Manassas.
The questions the Board seek answers to seem appropriate. I sincerely hope the BOCS will keep this reasonable tone and stand down during this humanitarian crisis. These kids have to be scared, alone, and insecure. They do not need to hear county vitriol carried over from 2007 hurled at them. Yes, its pretty much the same familiar tired old faces spewing hate and explaining to us why they aren’t prejudiced. (Yea, well yes you are!) Some of them just had to get out their thread-barren old shirts, some with those red circles and make sure we all knew that there was still a sputter of hate left inside.
The Sheriff has learned that Chairman Stewart gave permission to Youth for Tomorrow, a taxpayer-funded non-profit serving at-risk youth in Prince William County, to open their doors to house children for Homeland Security that have been flown to Prince William County from Texas and other areas on the southern border.
This statement is an outright lie. It is not up to Corey Stewart to give permission or not give permission to Youth for Tomorrow. YFT is a private organization. YFT is also not a tax-payer funded organization. Does it get a grant like many other organizations in the county? Probably. So do lots of agencies and clubs that meet the criteria. However, most of the county money received by YFT is for services rendered.
One such example of these services would be if a child needed residential placement because Prince William County Schools could not provide the appropriate educational setting for this child. PWCS would pay the residential /educational fee to YFT, the same as it would pay to any other 24 hour facility. The court system, in conjunction with social services, might also place a child in the YFT setting. Either the state or the county would pay for those services. That to me, is not “tax-payer funded.
Lots of thunder-boomers happening this summer. The last one featured loud cracks of thunder and horizontal rain coming down in sheets. I thought for sure my neighbor’s oak trees would land in my living room.
Yes, this summer has definitely been the Summer of Thunder and Lightning. To date, I have not lost electricity. NOVEC customers rarely lose their service. Part of my good fortune is because of underground cables. However, Westgate still has above ground wires and they rarely lose power either. NOVEC just gets things right.
I did notice that my electric bill was higher by about 30 bucks than it was for this time a year ago. I guess the weather was hotter in June, other than on the weekends. I am looking forward to the polar vortex that is due to arrive next Wednesday. Bring on the cool!!
A Manassas City teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect penis, possibly forcing the teen to become erect by taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection, the teen’s lawyers said. A Prince William County judge allowed the 17-year-old to leave the area without the warrant being served or the pictures being taken — yet.
The teen is facing two felony charges, for possession of child pornography and manufacturing child pornography, which could lead not only to incarceration until he’s 21, but inclusion on the state sex offender data base for, possibly, the rest of his life. David Culver of NBC Washington first reported the story and interviewed the teen’s guardian, his aunt, who was shocked at the lengths Prince William authorities were willing to go to make a sexting case in juvenile court.
Once again, it’s increasingly difficult to get out of my driveway. All day long I have charter buses, school buses, trucks and regular automobiles full of people going up and down my street. The daily rescue squad also screams down the street–at least once a day. Why am I so blessed? I live near a county water park. I also live near soccer fields and baseball fields. The athletic fields are what really bring the traffic in, car after car after car.
When I first read about Old Pace West athletic fields staying on the county books, even though the facility was being sold to private industry, I breathed a sigh of relief. At least they weren’t being moved to MY neighborhood, with all the little baseball players and their family cars. That’s really what NIMBY is. Selfishness. I was really glad that locally owned QBE, the company that bought Old Pace West, worked out a deal with the county.
Actually, this deal works really well for all concerned. The PWC School Board sold its old school that it no longer has use for. The school had athletic fields which the county gets to continue to use in exchange for QBE’s land tax on those fields. Great business partnership on display here. QBE doesn’t need athletic fields. QBE pays taxes each month. The county then reimburses QBE for the taxes on the athletic fields. What a great partnership. More businesses should take advantage of public/private partnerships that benefit the public like this one does.
With much of Washington already gone for the holiday, the Supreme Court issued a short legal ruling Thursday with the potential to deepen the political backlash among Democrats that was sparked by the court’s earlier Hobby Lobby decision.
The majority of the justices ruled that Wheaton College, a small evangelical school in Illinois, does not for now have to comply with the Obama administration’s requirement that it fill out a form to register religious objections to providing some types of contraceptive coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
The opinion said that until full arguments are heard by the court, Wheaton need only file a letter with the federal government stating the college’s religious objections.
Legal experts say the temporary decision is likely to embolSden religious groups and lead to a wave of lawsuits and objections to the required form. Read more…
It’s just a raging bitch kind of summer, or perhaps I am describing myself. The weekends have been great–better than probably any of us living in Virginia in June deserve. This weekend is supposed to be just like the last 3 weekends. Warm and gorgeous.
I am taking the plunge and having my wrap-around deck re-stained. What a pain! I think I have more on my deck than I do in my living room. Plants, furniture, mosquito spray. Mosquitoes have been horrible. Bull Run breeds them big.
Has anyone found a cure to keep the mosquitoes at bay?
I need a beer that is perhaps less biting than an IPA. Any suggestions?
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether Hobby Lobby needs to cover contraception as part of its health care plan.
Owners of the crafts chain object to certain forms of contraception. Under the affordable care act employers are now required to cover birth control.
The Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby in a 5-4 decision. So much for saying there is no war on women. The buffer zone ruling and the contraceptive ruling both are directed at women. No one else.
To prove a point, the Court specifically stated their ruling was just about contraception, and not other things, like blood transfusions. You don’t get any more religious than the Jehovah’s Witness ban on blood transfusions for their members. That was a mighty short sighted ruling, in my opinion. Furthermore, corporations shouldn’t have religious beliefs. Corporations are legal units serving as one body. Funny how inanimate bodies can now have religious beliefs.
Yesterday I had a strange phone call from a county employee who identified themselves as an “ex-birdie.” I almost hung up on them except his voice sounded very familiar to me. Once we got the identity established, the fun began. It seems that loyalty to staff counts a great deal at Complex 1 and at Independent Hill.
There are about 4,000 county staff and about 10,000 school board staff. The caller then asked me (like I would know) why Pete Candland thinks that they would all vote for him rather than Corey Stewart. I just listened, assuming that was a rhetorical question. He went on to say that Candland has subjected their bosses to public embarrassment and humiliated them with supposed gotcha questions. Additionally, there has been a great deal of public criticism over staff work projects over the past two years that we keep hearing about during BOCS meetings. Now that is getting fairly personal. He also told the budget director her numbers were wrong when in fact, they weren’t wrong.
This employee was on a rant. He then told me that Melissa Peacor was far more popular with staff than Candland realizes and that she had been attacked relentlessly (THAT part I know, the popular point I didn’t.) Chris Martino was also called out by Candland’s BFF, the Sheriff, as being a financially illiterate nincompoop. Martino’s sound investment choices kept the county on an even keel for the past 5 years and Fairfax County routinely called him for advice, very often too late. (I knew that Chris Martino was much sought after by other municipalities from some of my chick friends at Complex 1.) (Too bad Fairfax, you snooze you lose, he’s ours!)