Immigration: 9500 Liberty Essay

2000 Words Dec 15th, 2012 8 Pages
Justice 202-2: WIP
OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS: Analyzing 9500 Liberty

The documentary 9500 Liberty by Annabel Park and Eric Byler told of the inequality that immigrants faced in Prince William County, a small community in Virginia. On October 16, 2007, eight members of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on emergency funding to implement immigration resolution. This new law made it possible for police officers in Prince William County to question anyone they suspected to be in the country illegally based on factors such as their skin color and language. This paper will discuss the different perspectives appearing in the film 9500 Liberty in an effort to evaluate and critic arguments made by both parties in
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The aftermath of the vote left many citizens in a state of panic on both sides. As many Latinos moved out of Prince William County to flee the injustice, the mainly white citizens that once stood up to protest for the bill began to see financial hardship that the absence of immigrants caused the county. Prince William County experienced the highest foreclosure rate in the region, declining retail sales, failing businesses, falling property values, and a decrease of generated taxes were some of the factors that the county was left with as the immigrants migrated to welcoming parts of the country. Due to the aftermath many residents that once supported the bill began to realize their error and began to acknowledge that the bill was a mistake- that coupled with the accusation of Chief Deane as committing treason. Chris Pannell the membership director of “Help Save Manassas” was one of the people that left the group after realizing the unbearable problems that were occurring due to law being passed.
In April of 2008 the Board of Supervisors met again to vote on the motion to raise taxes and retain the “probable cause” mandate. However, this time around the opposing side was no longer the Latino community. In April the sides consisted of “Help Save Manassas”, Greg

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