On June 18, 2019, Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey made the following statement, reaffirming Arlington’s stance on immigration.
“Once again, the President of the United States has issued a vague threat via Twitter that seems designed to sow fear and discord across this nation. On Monday night, President Trump vowed to begin mass immigration arrests and removals of, as he put it, ‘millions of illegal aliens,’ beginning next week. We cannot know whether this is a serious plan, or just another tweet that will be rescinded or forgotten within days – as so many of his tweets are. But what we do know is that this sort of unprecedented threat of mass deportations – this vow to round up migrant parents and children in some sort of blitz action in major U.S. cities, as the Washington Post reported, only adds to the distress and the suffering of hard-working people across this country who already are living in fear because of the inhumane and vicious policies of this administration.
“I would urge anyone in our community who fears he or she may be at risk, should this policy actually be carried out, to visit the County website, where you will find a wealth of immigration resources, in English and other languages. This Board has approved funding for the Legal Aid Justice Center, to provide legal services to immigrants, and I would urge anyone with legal questions to contact them.
“If this latest escalation turns out to be real, Arlington will not be assisting in any mass round up and deportation of families or the separation of yet more children – some as young as infants – from their families. Arlington will remain what it is – a welcoming community that is compassionate and values every human being. Our police force keeps our community safe – its role is not to enforce federal immigration laws.
“And I can only believe that this policy, should it come to pass, will be quickly challenged in Congress and in the courts – as so many of Mr. Trump’s immigration policies have been.”