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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

City Officials Forced To Listen To Citizens

From Christi at CommonSenseAmerica:

Imagine that.

There is good news in Maryland in the fight against illegal immigration and its expense to the American taxpayer.

From The Washington Times:
Good news for Gaithersburg, Maryland: There will be no day-laborer center to spend tax dollars on illegal aliens. After 31 tries, the City Council is giving up. As council member Henry F. Marraffa Jr. put it: “It’s time for us to listen to our citizens, and our citizens don’t want this in their neighborhoods.”
This is something that needs to be voiced clearly to our new House and Senate before they try to pass any amnesty bill without consulting the American people first.

The editorial goes on to say:

Thirty-one is literally the number of sites that city leaders tried. Every single one was shot down by residents.

Some will call this a triumph of NIMBY (not in my backyard), but this misses the larger point. Government is supposed to be representative, and residents never wanted a day-laborer site in the first place. Just as in Herndon, Va., and elsewhere, these centers are the pet projects of local liberal ideologues who don’t seem to take their constituents’ opinions into much account. Encouraged by pro-illegal alien pressure groups, prominently CASA of Maryland, they get pushed along by pliant friends on the council. Then, heed is given to area residents only belatedly, at which point city officials are taken by surprise at the resistance. They would have known that the sites are deeply unpopular if they had just bothered to ask or listen.
Will the newly elected officials in Washington ask and listen to the American people when it comes to the issue of illegal immigration? Or will they plunge headlong into the abyss of neglecting the will of the American people at the behest of the President’s desire to hand out blanket amnesty?

If they need a sampling of the American opinion on this issue, they need look no further than the overwhelming bipartisan vote on the four propositions posed on the Arizona ballot. Senator John McCain and others should listen very closely to their citizens before they too are “taken by surprise”.

See also:

W W P D…What Would Pelosi Do…Grant Amnesty, that’s what, from StikNstein

Candidates tough on illegal immigration win in Georgia, from Take Back Georgia

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