Illegal Aliens not only break federal immigration laws, but too frequently violate state and local laws. As a result, over 20% of the inmates in the Prince William County Adult Detention Center are illegal aliens who have committed crimes such as rape, assault, child abuse, identity theft and a host of other serious crimes. In 2007, more than half of the murders in Prince William County were committed by illegal aliens. There are ways for localities to address this serious problem, and because of the advocacy of Help Save Manassas, the local jurisdictions in our area are adressing this serious issue.
Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park share numerous services, such as the Sheriff's Department and the Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers. To build a consistent approach to this problem, all law enforcement agencies in our area have joined in the Criminal Alien Initiative which will enroll all of these agencies in the federal Section 287(g) Program with identical policies. These include:
Officers who receive training from the Department of Homeland Security will be able to effectively screen for illegal aliens among those persons they encounter during the normal course of their duties. Under the supervison of an agent of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, illegal aliens who are identified and who have committed a crime against a person or property may be processed for deportation locally. At the conclusion of any period of confinement the illegal alien may be subject to as a result of their violation of the law, they will be turned over to federal authorities for deportation.
Prior to the establishment of the Section 287(g) Program, the only illegal aliens who were subject to deportation were those who had previously been removed from the country and had unlawfully re-entered. Since the Section 287(g) Program has been established, we are identifying almost ten times as many criminal aliens as before. Each criminal alien deported under the Section 287(g) Program is one less illegal alien convict that will be released back into our community at the conclusion of their sentence.