I woke to find this op-ed by Herndon Mayor Stephen J. DeBenedittis in this morning’s Washington Post. As you can see, it appears that Mr. DeBenedittis feels a need to justify his actions of the past year, including a number of city ordinances that have been labeled as racist and anti immigrant.
In his letter, Mr. DeBenedittis assures us that neither he nor his community is racist. They simply want to follow the rule of law. What Mr. DeBenedittis fails to understand is that his anti-immigrant legislation does NOTHING to stop undocumented immigration, but it does harass immigrants (the documented and undocumented alike) and creates a hostile environment for everyone of Latino descent in his community.
DeBenedittis also should understand that we live in a era where citizens are skeptical about politicians and the inconsistencies between what they say and what they do. We’re not likely to believe your words, Mr. DeBenedittis, when you tell us your community’s response to immigration is not racist: those who have been watching Herndon over the last two years know the community’s actions speak for themselves.