A United Nations human rights official has postponed a planned visit to inspect the treatment of immigrant workers in Prince William County, according to the activist group Mexicans Without Borders. The group had welcomed the outside scrutiny, saying the county`s illegal-immigration policies have "created a climate where suspicion and terror thrive."
Jorge A. Bustamante, a U.N. special rapporteur for human rights of migrants, called off a visit planned for yesterday and today. In a letter to Mexicans Without Borders,
Bustamante cited "something unexpected of extreme gravity" that was "totally outside of my control" as a reason and did not indicate when he would reschedule the trip.
Opponents of illegal immigrants in the county had planned to protest Bustamante`s trip, during which he intended to meet with county officials as well as immigrant residents.