Mayor, Officials Swept Out of Office for Their Support of Illegal Aliens
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
It’s bound to become a local story that resonates with the denizens of the entire nation’s political arena. It’s also a story that’s bound to resonate with the leaders of the two major political parties.
Tuesday’s municipal elections in Herndon, Virginia, were about one issue and one issue only: illegal immigration. Last year, in the face of overwhelming public opposition, the mayor and a majority on the town council approved a publicly funded day labor hiring center that is used almost exclusively by illegal alien workers. It will be a decision they will long regret, according to an immigration reform group.
On Tuesday, all but one local officeholder — including the mayor — who backed the illegal alien hiring center received pink slips from the voters.
Heading the list of those given the gate by Herndon voters was incumbent Mayor Michael O’Reilly who resolutely ignored public opposition to accommodating illegal alien laborers who strain municipal services, disrupt civic life, and undermine legitimate businesses and contractors in the northern Virginia municipality.
Joining Mayor O’Reilly on the unemployment line is nearly every member of the town council who voted to use public funds to construct and operate the hiring center.
“Herndon is a harbinger of what is to come for other politicians who disregard the public’s growing anger over mass illegal immigration,” predicts Dan Stein, president of the Federation of American Immigration Reform.
“The message to local, state and national politicians is clear: Pander to the special interests that constitute the illegal alien lobby and you will find yourselves looking for a different line of work come Election Day.”
The Herndon vote came one day after the national day of protest and boycott by illegal aliens and their supporters, and amidst a heated debate in Washington about immigration. President Bush and many in the Senate are backing a proposal that would grant de facto amnesty to upwards of 12 million illegal aliens and flood the American labor market with millions more guest workers.
“Monday was billed as ‘a day without an immigrant.’ For supporters of illegal aliens in Herndon, Tuesday turned out to be ‘a day without a political career,’” said Stein.
“If Congress does not turn its attention over the next few months to addressing the voters’ demands for meaningful enforcement of America’s immigration laws and rejecting calls for an illegal alien amnesty, there will be many more politicians around the country who share Mayor O’Reilly’s and the Herndon Town Council’s fate.”
According to a newly released national poll by the Zogby Group, 64 percent of likely voters said they support the enforcement-only approach taken by the House of Representatives in a bill that was passed last December. Only 30 percent expressed support for the Bush/Senate proposal to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. Only 2 percent of voters said they were in favor of Senate proposals to increase legal immigration.
“Public opinion has always clearly favored strong immigration enforcement and rejected accommodating illegal aliens with hiring centers, access to public benefits and service, and amnesty. Now those sentiments are being expressed at the ballot box, and any politician who ignores them does so at his or her own peril,” said Stein.
“As the soon to be former mayor and town council in Herndon have discovered, immigration is now an issue that decides elections. While illegal aliens and their supporters make a lot of noise on the streets, the voters still have the last word at the ballot box.”
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.