The boiling point on illegals
On July 13, The Washington Times published the article “County’s alien crackdown may spread to other areas” (Metropolitan), for which Walter Tejada, vice chairman of the Arlington County Board of Supervisors, provided the following comments: “A vocal, angry minority in their locality has manipulated the system… to convince the political leaders to enact a very punitive, anti-immigrant resolution. We now see in Prince William County an example of government-sanctioned xenophobia. If anger and divisiveness is what they intended to achieve, they have succeeded.”
The Prince William County Board of Supervisors, the social welfare group Help Save Manassas and supporters of the recent legislation in Prince William County have been accused of being racist and xenophobic. Do the accusers understand what these terms mean?
We are not xenophobic, nor are we racist. We don’t fear or hate foreigners. As U.S. citizens, comprising every possible racial, ethnic and cultural background, we do not feel we are superior to non-U.S. citizens. We simply ask that anyone who wishes to immigrate to this country follow our immigration laws and come to our country legally. Illegal aliens, regardless of race, ethnicity and cultural background, are violating our laws once they enter the United States without the permission of the federal government.
Illegal immigration and amnesty supporters cannot provide arguments against the fact that illegal aliens are just that — illegal. So what do they do? They accuse the other side of being racist and xenophobic.
The passage of the resolution in Prince William County was not manipulated by a “vocal, angry minority.” The majority of U.S. citizens do not want amnesty. We need only to look at the public outcry that took place when the Senate tried to ram an amnesty bill down our throats. The U.S. citizens spoke, and the Senate was forced to listen.
The resolution was not “punitive” — it simply denies certain services to illegal aliens who have no legal right to those services under federal or state law. The resolution is not “anti-immigrant” — an immigrant would be in the United States with the authorization of the federal government and would be entitled to certain services. The resolution is not “government-sanctioned xenophobia” because U.S. citizens do not fear non-U.S. citizens.
The only truthful word Mr. Tejada used was “angry.” We are angry because our federal government refuses to enforce our immigration laws. We are angry because the taxpayers pay the enormous burdens that illegal aliens have placed on our communities, states and our country.
The citizens have spoken, and we fully expect our local, state and federal government representatives to enact legislation to solve the illegal alien problem plaguing our great nation.
ALLISON CARMAN KIPP
What the Koran says
Surely Maha Akeel, being a Muslim, is aware that the verse in the Koran to which he refers (Sura 2:256: “Let there be no compulsion in religion”) in his letter defending the Organization of the Islamic Conference and Shariah (“Slandering Islam,” Monday) was superceded by the Sword Verses under the doctrine of abrogation (nasikh):
8.39: “So fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief of non-Muslims] and all submit to the religion of Allah alone in the whole world.”
9.5: “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”