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SIMMONS: As sanctuary for illegals, D.C. proves hypocritical
They are, in a word, hypocrites.
“I find the D.C. Council and mayor to be hypocritical by asking for D.C. statehood, but they are silent on illegal immigration,” Carlos Bright, who lives in Ward 4, told me over the weekend. “As a D.C. voter, I would support a voter referendum questioning the Districts sanctuary city status.”
Now there’s a cause worthy of considerable energy.
“Unemployment is high in the District of Columbia, and illegal aliens shouldn’t be allowed to work here. For years, the District of Columbia has been a sanctuary city for illegal aliens. Illegal aliens have been allowed to work in the construction, hospitality and janitorial industries in the District of Columbia,” he said.
Only “U.S. citizens and legal residents” should be allowed to work in the District, Mr. Bright added.
He’s right, and you know he’s right.
The Democrats in city hall even want to put their iconic donkey after the cart regarding driver’s licenses. That is to say, they argue that it’s more important for an illegal to be a licensed driver than a legally documented immigrant.
Showing off the new bricks and mortar has its place in the order of things. After all, Anacostia looks much as it did when I went to school there back in the … well … let’s just say some years ago.
And black and white folks were so eager to erect Woodson in the early 1970s that they failed to realize the mighty “Tower of Power” was an educational and architectural nightmare.
Unless teachers ratchet up academic rankings, the Anacostia and Woodson grads will face the same dark jobs picture as their parents.
Mr. Bright’s suggestion of a referendum on being a sanctuary city could brighten their prospects.
At minimum, it will force officials to think twice about giving away jobsto people who are here illegally.
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Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...
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