- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote this afternoon on a proposal to limit illegal aliens’ access to local services and to ratify a police department policy to toughen immigration enforcement.

“This is the big day,” said board Chairman Corey Stewart. “I’m ready to go forward today with it. There has been enough talk. More action is needed.”

County Executive Craig S. Gerhart is expected to present a report on denying public services to illegal aliens, which he was directed to do through a resolution the county board passed earlier this year.

Prince William County, in Northern Virginia and about 35 miles south of the District, has recently struggled with an influx of illegal aliens and related problems, including overburdened government services.

The county population increased from roughly 281,000 in 2000 to 347,000 in 2005, census figures show. The Hispanic population nearly doubled during that period, from 9.7 percent to roughly 18 percent.

Prince William officials found in a study released in January that their agencies spent more than $3 million the year before on public services for illegal aliens.

The board also is scheduled today to address recommendations Police Chief Charlie T. Deane made last month on how to handle criminal illegal aliens and when it is appropriate for police officers to inquire about a person’s legal status.

The Prince William Human Rights Commission says the new policies will lead to racial profiling and put a massive financial burden on local taxpayers.

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