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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Five police cruisers sat outside the Prince William County Government Center Tuesday night.

Inside the building, more uniformed officers to include County Police Chief Barry Barnard were there to greet protesters who came to speak directly to Board of Supervisors Chairman At-large, and Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Corey Stewart.

They held signs, chanted about democracy, and brought a message to Prince William County’s top leader.

“I want him to see the immigrant community in a different perspective. I see him in s stereotype, known to commit violent acts when that is a small margin of the people. We also know that people born in the United States also commit crimes,” said Manassas Park City Councilman Hector Cendejas, 28.

“[Stewart] wants to portray undocumented workers as criminals, but there are a lot of undocumented workers who are hard workers, who love this country, and they also want to assimilate to this country. They have their families here, they send their kids to school here, pledge allegiance to the flag,”

The councilman was one of more than 100 people who filled the atrium, and the Board Chambers at the government center about 7 p.m. to protest Stewart’s call to the Trump administration to deport all criminal illegal aliens that had been arrested in Prince William County.

On Feb. 7, Stewart released this statement:

“I am asking on behalf of the Board of County Supervisors that the Trump Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) identify, detain, and remove the 7,500 criminal illegal aliens that we have handed over to ICE over the past 10 years. We are also asking the Trump Administration to release to the Prince William County Police Department and the officials at the County’s Adult Detention Center the whereabouts of these individuals,” Stewart stated during his speech.

“I can’t emphasize enough that we are talking about criminal illegal aliens. People who are in the country illegally and have committed crimes and at the extent that they are still here, pose a public safety threat. We must work to remove them from our community.”

Stewart six years ago demanded the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Obama Administration to release the names of the number of illegal immigrants arrested in Prince William County. It came after his 2007 effort to order county police to arrest anyone suspected of being in the U.S. illegally. That effort was scaled back, and those arrested were screened for legal status at the county jail under a federal 287g program.

“The Board of Supervisors has agreed to a legislative platform, which includes implementation of a 287g program, and that’s not news.  It becomes news when you look at it in the context of the new presidential executive order on sanctuary cities; the order redefines criminal illegal alien. The definition expands from arrested and charged to include a broad category of individuals.” said Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi.

The overall message of the evening from protesters: #NoHate.

“What you’ve really done, as evidenced by the turnout where tonight, is stoked the flames of equality that burn strong in the hearts of the citizens of this great county,” said Prince William County NAACP President Rev. Cozy Bailey.

 

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  • tbornottb

    We need to get Corey Stewart OFF the Board of Supervisors and keep him off the ballot for governor. Its time for his bigotry to vanish from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    • ROB 1

      THATS A BIGOT COMMENT IF I EVER HEARD ONE

      • tbornottb

        I can’t believe you said that! He has shown his bigoted side over and over for years.

        • ROB 1

          IN WHAT WAY FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING AND TRYING TO PROTECT US

          • tbornottb

            I am behind any effort to rid the county (and the country) of illegals who are convicted criminals and get the gangs out of here but Corey appears to loathe all Hispanics and that is true bigotry. Its a very ugly side of him.

            Protect us from who……. all those who don’t ‘look like us”?

          • ROB 1

            HES NEVER SAID THAT SEEMS LIKE YOU CREATE HATE FOR NO REASON EXCEPT POLITICAL . PROTECTING US FROM ALL LISTEN TO WHAT HES SAYING NOT WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO HEAR

          • tbornottb

            I am a social liberal and politically progressive. Corey is very clear on how he feels about Hispanics. Had them stopped FOR NO REASON except to check for papers…that is horrific. Then he locked them up, rented space from other jurisdictions to house them and ICE never picked them up. What a waste of OUR tax dollars.

          • Chet29

            I agree ROB1, if you are undocumented, then you are breaking the law. If you have broken laws beyond that, then go back to your country and do that. If you are documented, you should really be mad at those who are not abiding by the law that you did.

  • Robin Hoood

    The last time I checked illegal entry into the country is a misdemeanor, not a felony. Now compare that to what Gen. Flynn did. Lock him up!

    • Killswitch

      There is no evidence of anything criminal against Flynn, nor anybody else involved here. I’m sure you know that though, unless of coarse, you’ve only been reading headlines. IF we are going to play the comparison game, let’s compare it to Obama’s secret sending of cash to Iran, or operation Fast and Furious. Funny, I NEVER saw any outrage over these scandals.

      • Robin Hoood

        For your information the Logan Act was passed more than 200 years ago and Flynn communicated with a foreign power in violation of it. I’m not dealing with any diversions.

        • Killswitch

          I’m sorry, do you have the context of any convo he was illegally wiretapped with or records of who he spoke with to know if he violated it? I didn’t think you did. Officials have already cleared him of any illegal wrong doing, and have nothing to charge him with. You should really look more into rather than stating mis-information here.

          • Robin Hoood

            The FBI is investigating him since his story didn’t match the tapes.

          • Killswitch

            The tapes from illegal wiretaps? They were investigating him, he has been cleared of any illegal activity and cleared of conspiring with Russia 🙂 You guys need to move onto the next hit piece so that can be shut down as well.

          • Robin Hoood

            How do you think that the FBI does that illegally? These are pros and they know what they’re doing. Not like the clowns in the White House!

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