The family that planted corn in the front yard of their $500,000 home is gone from Carrie Oliver's street. So are the neighbors who drilled holes into the trees to string up a hammock.Yeah, it's a pain to have to carry in your own neighborhood. But what a surprise that the WaPo would accord any attention to citizens and their concerns. The Post celebrates diversity quite often.
Oliver's list goes on: The loud music. The beer bottles. The littered diapers. All gone. When she and her husband, Ron, went for walks in their Manassas area neighborhood, she would take a trash bag and he would carry a handgun. No more. "So much has changed," she said in a gush of relief, standing with her husband on a warm summer evening recently outside a Costco store. [A Hispanic Population in Decline, July 9, 2008]
The article continues with some snifflers about falling business in the local Mexican restaurants — but hey, that could be a reasonable fear of salmonella salsa.
Just kidding. Illegal Mexicans are leaving Prince William County in substantial numbers because the citizens there insisted that a crackdown occur on the illegal aliens causing so much social breakdown. Enforcement works. It's not news in Arizona or Oklahoma either, where sensible prohibitions against illegal employment convinced many unlawful foreigners to scram.
And there's more...
Catching illegal immigrants has made Prince William safer, said Corey A. Stewart (R-At-Large), chairman of the board of county supervisors said. Stewart also said the county's policies have led to "a plummeting of the crime rate." Police statistics show that the county's crime rate has been declining since 2004, even as the population increased.A elected county official says that crime is down since the enforcement-caused Mexodus... Nice!
More importantly, Stewart said, Prince William has become a model for other jurisdictions hoping to act against illegal immigration. "We've started a wildfire in terms of other localities and states adopting similar tactics," said Stewart, who discussed the county's immigration enforcement success Tuesday with the House Republican Policy Committee on Capitol Hill.
While critics say ethnic tensions in Prince William have worsened in the past year, Stewart said he believes the debate over illegal immigration has empowered residents to speak up after "stewing" in frustration for years. "It's allowed people to discuss their feelings," Stewart said, citing a new level of public interest in local government. The board's chambers have been packed with hundreds of residents on several occasions over the past year.