September 26, 2007
By Russell Muños
Vice President, Equality Loudoun
Because the illegal immigration issue in Loudoun County has evolved into drama-based politics, I thought I would, well, try and get some facts on the subject by attending the American Dream Alliance Civic picnic in Algonkian Park Sept. 23.
The mission of the alliance was stated as thus; “The mission of the Alliance is to support New Americans in Virginia by creating a welcoming and positive environment for all people through dialogue and reconciliation that will transform our neighborhoods and communities with a spirit of inclusiveness, offering everyone an equal opportunity to live the American dream.” I thought to myself, well, that sounds very noble, since I myself am a second generation American. And facts about immigration, both legal and illegal, I did get at a table set up at the event which had some very interesting statistics based upon studies done here in Northern Virginia by our centers of higher learning.
This being an election year, there were two facts that were hard for me to ignore. One was the presence of hopeful candidates seeking re-election or challenging an incumbent. Their presence made sense to me as illegal immigration is something that obviously needs addressing, so it was obvious that I would hear their thoughts on the issue.