Police were called in to restore order at a legislative town hall in Arlington, Va. on Saturday. Immigration activists calling themselves “La ColectiVa” object to Virginia Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), because he once did a small amount of consulting work for a private company that operates detention facilities for ICE. They want him to apologize, promise never to do it again and return the money.
The officeholders at the meeting appear to have all been Democrats.
“It’s one of the most stressful meetings I’ve been in my 21 years of office,” said state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington). …
“I’ve been [in office] for 27 years and no one has fought harder for immigrants or immigrant rights than Delegate Lopez,” [state Senator Janet Howell (D-Fairfax)] said.
It’s funny how politicians expect to be loved.
In connection with my work on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, I investigated conditions at two immigration detention centers located in Texas a few years ago. I found the center run by a private company to be quite nice. The government-run center run by the federal government was decent and conscientiously run too. I wrote about them.