The throng of Latino immigrants gathering outside the 7-Eleven in downtown Herndon looking for a day's work has been the most noticeable part of this commercial district of shopping plazas and fast-food restaurants for almost a decade.
For as long as they've been there, the newcomers, many of them in the country illegally, have been at the center of ethnic and racial tensions simmering among Herndon's rapidly dwindling white majority and even among legal immigrants living in town
But now, as town officials consider a plan to spend about $170,000 in taxpayer money to move the workers to a designated site in a residential neighborhood and staff it with social workers and English tutors, those emotions are exploding into the open.
"We are being really crushed by these Central American people," said Ruth Tatlock, 77, who has lived in Herndon for 31 years and supports the project. "It's a big influx in a small town. . . . But we have to be able to coexist somehow and do it on a decent level
Tonight, on WMAL, I heard Chris Core discuss this issue. My opinion is simple: Herndon should not build this place. Instead this is what should be done:
- INS/ICE should be called to arrest the illegals
- INS/ICE should also arrest the employers who are hiring the illegals
That is the solution to the problem. Flame me but that is what I think should be done.