Video: County official jousts with Linda Chavez over illegal immigration

posted at 1:04 pm on December 17, 2007 by Bryan

The Washington Post has the story. The flare-up occurred during a meeting of the US Commission on Civil Rights Friday.

The chairman of a federal civil rights panel clashed yesterday with Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart over the recent crackdown on illegal immigrants approved by the board.

Stewart (R-At Large), who led the effort to curtail some county services, accused Chavez of having a “clear past and agenda here.” Chavez withdrew her nomination as U.S. secretary of labor in 2001 when reports surfaced that she had employed an illegal immigrant. She said the undocumented Guatemalan woman living in her home was not an employee, but she withdrew to avoid embarrassing President Bush.

“We’ve found it difficult to quantify the problem,” Stewart said of the cost and impact of illegal immigration on the county. “But that doesn’t mean it’s not a problem.”

The county did look at the impact of illegal immigration on the community, Stewart said, citing crime, residential overcrowding and increased use of hospital emergency rooms. Chavez called that anecdotal.

Later, in an interview, Stewart called Chavez “an illegal immigrant apologist.”

Now where would anyone get the idea that Linda Chavez is an illegal immigrant apologist?


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She said the undocumented Guatemalan serf woman living held in her home was not an employee

MB4 on December 17, 2007 at 1:15 PM

She was going for Secretary of Labor?

Scary.

MadisonConservative on December 17, 2007 at 1:16 PM

She’ll probably be put in charge of Homeland Security if Huckabee, McCain, or Giuliani win the election.

Gregor on December 17, 2007 at 1:16 PM

Mr. Stewart has quite a future ahead of him. I was supportive of Bush’s bill when it came up, but Chavez clearly has an agenda that is quite different than supporting the well-being of the residents of the county.

pedestrian on December 17, 2007 at 1:23 PM

She’ll probably be put in charge of Homeland Security if Huckabee, McCain, or Giuliani win the election.

Rudy already has Bernie for DHS.

dedalus on December 17, 2007 at 1:24 PM

Geeez…….her last question was pathetic…she was asking if it was their illegal status or their color. Talk about sentence before verdict.

Limerick on December 17, 2007 at 1:30 PM

Linda Chavez leading a panel on illegal aliens would be like putting Bill Clinton in charge of a panel looking into sexual harassment in the workplace. Chavez has already proven by her statements and actions that she fully supports open borders with Mexico. She simply isn’t objective and her presence makes this group’s findings nothing but a complete farce.

I do note that the WP labels her as a “conservative commentator.” Funny how Katie Couric is never introduced as a rabid socialist anchorwoman or David Gregory is never introduced as a Bush-hating unhinged moonbat reporter.

highhopes on December 17, 2007 at 1:30 PM

I have always liked Linda Chavez. She is a great thinker and writer. She may be wrong on this issue, but she isn’t wrong often.

sweeper on December 17, 2007 at 1:31 PM

Chavez is a crank. She likes to dish it out but when the same attitude come backs, she starts whining.

meandchi on December 17, 2007 at 1:35 PM

This issue isnt an issue of race its an issue of citisenship.

The other side demogogues it buy trying to make it about race.

Again what race are illegal Immigrants ? That is a question they cant answer.

William Amos on December 17, 2007 at 1:35 PM

How dare the community have a problem with illegality and demand a resolution, doesn’t the community understand how important it is that people from other countries come here?

I never read Ms Chavez anymore, I have a tendency to remember it when I’m called a bigot and a racist for wanting my nation state preserved.

Apologist is a little short of illegal alien enabler.

Speakup on December 17, 2007 at 1:35 PM

what about the civil rights of the American citizens not to be murdered raped molested by illegals or the civil rights of Americans not to have their wages undercut their schools over crowded the jails filling up and the hospitals going out of business because of the weight of the illegal aliens invaders.

You want to label me a racist, a nativist, a bigot, a xenophobe a Nazi. Fine I will wear that as a badge of honor and stand with every American citizen to push back against your open boarders sell out of my great nation the United States of America.

In other words Linda “ bite me

Mojack420 on December 17, 2007 at 1:37 PM

She’ll probably be put in charge of Homeland Security if Huckabee, McCain, or Giuliani win the election.

Gregor on December 17, 2007 at 1:16 PM

Huck will make Chuck DHS Director.

Frozen Tex on December 17, 2007 at 1:38 PM

sweeper on December 17, 2007 at 1:31 PM

I think you may be mistaking her very articulate manner for an intelligence that isn’t there. She has turned positively nasty over the issue of immigration (and I’m not just talking about her nazi comments). Chavez was interviewed by Laura Ingraham and all but suggested that Americans who didn’t support McCain’s amnesty scheme were racist selfish traitors.

She has no business being in charge of a panel looking into a law that cracks down on illegal aliens.

highhopes on December 17, 2007 at 1:39 PM

Anyone sense an agenda on Linda Chavez part ?

2theright on December 17, 2007 at 1:40 PM

The Immigration Bill was such a travesty that it was embarrassing that such a bill could even make it to the Congress for consideration. Bush joined forces with the dimocrats to force amnesty on the American people. Chavez was just one of the pawns in that attempt.

volsense on December 17, 2007 at 1:40 PM

How more pro Illegal Immigrant could she be, dosn’t even try to hide it. What has this to do with citzens civil rights, ILLEGAL’S ARE NOT CITZENS OF THE UNITED STATES….oh well!!!!!

ahkjr33 on December 17, 2007 at 1:45 PM

Chavez is on the wrong side of this… by a mile. Laura Ingraham dusted her on this some months back on her radio show.

D2Boston on December 17, 2007 at 2:01 PM

How would amnesty change the situation, Linda?

Since the problem of illegal immigrants commiting crime is, I submit, due in large part to the mindset of lawlessness among those who break the law to come here, it would simply doom the community to a lengthy, protracted effort in bringing those new citizens up to modern standards of civility. It is doubtful they would ever embrace true patriotism or love of the USA, since their initial motivation in coming here was not service to God and Country, but selfish ambition and, often enough, an easy handout. So no, the burden on the jails and hospitals would be just as bad as ever, but now they’d be legal residents. It’s exactly why we choose to exercise good judgement in whom we allow into our nation. And why we’d like to see the undesireables shipped back. Because we can.

Can’t polish that turd, fathead.

Why did the civil rights commision have any reason to get involved here? Did Chavez put this together as part of her own personal witch hunt?

TexasDan on December 17, 2007 at 2:18 PM

Linda Chavez has gone insane.

She is so far gone on this issue, it’s hard to even address what she’s saying without calling her a derogatory name.

mylegsareswollen on December 17, 2007 at 2:25 PM

Mark Kirkorian does a pretty good job on Linda as well.

When you use the tactics of your enemies against your allies, you have effectively committed treason against them. Translation: see ya Linda, there’s a place for you on the left, where smears of “racism” are not only accepted, but encouraged.

thirteen28 on December 17, 2007 at 2:40 PM

I used to like Linda Chavez. She wrote a great book about unions but I agree with mylegsareswollen. Chavez appears to have gone insane. She’s cwazy.

sinsing on December 17, 2007 at 2:41 PM

Legal immigrants aare required to have sponsors guaranteeing they will not be drains on the public welfare; obviously illegal aliens are not and granting amnesty to sail illegal aliens would have unintended consequences, which are not positive.

MarkB on December 17, 2007 at 2:45 PM

Chavez has become a single agenda person: open borders with Mehico. I won’t be surprized if she changes parties in the near future. She does not want to associate with us racists and bigots !

SIJ6141 on December 17, 2007 at 3:44 PM

i used to be a big fan as well and just thought she got a the shaft. Now I’m glad she did!

I like how she wanted to get her digs in on him but wasn’t going to allow him to respond.

It’s a shame we didn’t know the full extent of her views back in 2001 as it would have told us a lot about President Bush and the kind of advice he was seeking.

woodman on December 17, 2007 at 4:06 PM

1. Our population is not growing?!!??

2. Her argument about what if they were made legal is like saying “You say there were five burglars in your house, but what if yoiu would invited five friends over for dinner, how would that be any different?”

- The Cat

MirCat on December 17, 2007 at 4:21 PM

Over the years I’ve liked Linda for her conservative views. During those years the fact that she is an Hispanic never entered into any of her interviews, speeches, or writings.

Since the illegal immigration has become the dominant issue of the day, however, she is feeling the pressure of the Hispanic community to get on the bandwagon for immigration reform. In this I can understand her reasoning – except for one aspect of her argument.

Cities, counties and states are pleading to be relieved of the financial burdens the illegals are putting on them, and they are taking action as their coffers are in rapid decline, and they refuse to raise taxes to offset the costs.

When the US Commission on Civil Rights met Friday, County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart cited that crime, residential overcrowding and increased use of hospital emergency rooms was having a negative impact on the county, to which Chavez called his remarks – anecdotal.

The anecdotal comment was a very bad comeback on her part as it shows an insensitivity, and that she could care less about the impact it is having.

And she seems to have developed an ‘it’s our way or the highway’ attitude.

Stay tuned.

pocomoco on December 17, 2007 at 4:37 PM

She was very weak in that exchange. She is a loser and needs to get a job pushing her illegal immigrant apologist agenda. What a tool.

Wade on December 17, 2007 at 5:11 PM

This issue isnt an issue of race its an issue of citisenship.

The other side demogogues it buy trying to make it about race.

Again what race are illegal Immigrants ? That is a question they cant answer.

William Amos on December 17, 2007 at 1:35 PM

That nails it! What race are illegal immigrants? Excellent Mr. Amos! I’m putting that on my sign when I go down with Border Watch to protest day labor sites in Spring, Texas every Saturday.

Neocon Peg on December 17, 2007 at 8:30 PM

I have always liked Linda Chavez. She is a great thinker and writer. She may be wrong on this issue, but she isn’t wrong often.

sweeper on December 17, 2007 at 1:31 PM

Linda Chavez is dead to me. I hope she never serves another day in public service and never sells another book.

Bill C on December 17, 2007 at 11:26 PM

When shunned, those who are shunned side with those that shunned them because they are made to feel accepted into the fold of those that shunned them.

It’s called the “Stockholm Effect”.

MSGTAS on December 18, 2007 at 9:37 AM