Herndon Takes Ball, Goes Home

Instead of complying with a judge’s order to make their controversial day-laborer center open to all who might need employ, the town is shuttering the center on the 14th. That’s right, soon, all those workers who were no longer hanging out in the parking lot of the 7-11, making a general wreck of the place, will be back at that same parking lot.

Closing the center does nothing to stop the underlying issue in all of this, it won’t lead to more arrests and deportations for illegal immigration, it won’t stop businesses from needing construction labor on a day-to-day basis, and it certainly does nothing for the town of Herndon itself.

The whole thing just pisses me off, honestly. Instead of coming to an amicable compromise, the city is doing the equivalent of gathering up its marbles, and shouting at the top of their lungs on the playground that you’re a cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater, and they’re taking their marbles and going HOME, dammit.

Who wins? No one. Who loses? Everyone. I fear that this is symbolic of the coming political campaigns from all the various camps running candidates for various offices, and that in search of total victory for one side, we will all end up losing in the long run.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

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