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Opportunities exist for McAuliffe’s struggling Hispanic Board

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

As the congressional clock ticks with continued inaction, Virginia and the nation seek resolutions regarding immigration reform.  Fleeing illegal Hispanic children housed in Augusta County and Prince William County, Virginia, demand compassionate but firm action as more may arrive.

This was a key topic of discussion for the Governor’s Virginia Latino Advisory Board meeting last week in Northern Virginia. The subject was as unresolvable as the group’s desire to find relevancy.

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WHSV TV-3 interview with David Karaffa on Verona’s immigrant children

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Augusta County Supervisor David Karaffa was interviewed Monday afternoon on WHSV TV-3 about the immigrant children held in Verona (see  “1 on 1: David Karaffa Discuses Border Crisis”).

Karaffa, whose Beverley Manor District houses 29 children who have been detained after crossing the border from Central America into the United States, wrote an article last week expressing compassion for the latest wave of children attempting to escape violence, poverty, and drugs in their native countries (see Unaccompanied Child Immigrants in Verona, Virginia).

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More information about the Shenandoah Juvenile Center

By David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

I have received an overwhelming response from citizens both inside and outside the Beverley Manor District supporting these children and it has reinforced my faith in the people of the Valley. Thank you.

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Today on TV-3: Supervisor Karaffa interview at 5:45 on immigrant children

David KaraffaBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Supervisor David Karaffa will be interviewed one-on-one Monday afternoon on WHSV TV-3 in a five-minute segment to air at 5:45.

Karaffa, whose Beverley Manor district houses 29 children who have been detained after crossing the border from Central America into the United States, wrote an article last week expressing compassion for the latest wave of children attempting to escape violence, poverty, and drugs in their native countries (see Unaccompanied Child Immigrants in Verona, Virginia).

Local outrage by some members of the community led to a protest on the Rt. 612 bridge over I-81 (see Immigrant children issue comes to Augusta County). That led to a public hearing by Augusta County supervisors with 130 members of the public showing up, evenly divided between pro and con (see Live blogging immigrant children issue at Augusta County supervisors meeting).

Supervisor Karaffa expressed compassion again at the public hearing. He received over 100 emails and dozens of phone calls about the issue. They were all pro except two were against.

Watch today’s broadcast or catch the interview online after it airs.

Update: Link to David’s interview:  “1 on 1: David Karaffa Discuses Border Crisis.”

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Augusta Supervisor Tracy Pyles and immigrant children: America is Reagan’s Shining City on a Hill

Tracy PylesBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Supervisor Tracy Pyles joined other Augusta County supervisors Wednesday night at a public hearing about the immigrant children who are being housed at the Shenandoah Juvenile Center in Verona , sharing his comments in support of the children (see his comments at Live blogging immigrant children issue at Augusta County supervisors meeting).

Supervisor Pyles spoke about how America’s optimism, going fearlessly into the future, serves us better than living in fear and anger. Then he used Ronald Reagan’s shining city on a hill as an example of that optimism and quoted a portion of President Reagan’s farewell address from January 11, 1989:

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Live blogging immigrant children issue at Augusta County supervisors meeting

By Lynn R. Mitchell

[I live Facebooked Wednesday night’s Augusta County supervisor meeting and have cross-posted the immigrant children public hearing here.]

5:50 I arrived at the Augusta County Government Center at 5:50 for tonight’s 7:00 supervisors meeting and people were already in the parking lot. I’m hunkering down for the long haul with two controversial issues on the agenda: immigrant children and gas pipeline.

6:30 Room is full and partition has now been opened. Lots of familiar faces on all sides of the issues.

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Wednesday: Augusta County supervisors to address issue of immigrant children in Verona

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Wednesday’s Augusta County Board of Supervisors meeting at 7:00 p.m. has a full agenda, and among the items is addressing the issue of immigrant children who are being legally housed in Augusta County. The local tea party is urging its supporters to show up “in large numbers.”

The Shenandoah Valley Tea Party Patriots newsletter warned, “If we do not speak out now on this highly important issue, we lose the right to do so in the future!” It went on to say that information was being furnished to them from Prince William County supervisor Corey Stewart who “has taken on the battle of illegal aliens now for several yrs. and is now taking on the Federal Government’s placement of illegals aliens in a facility located in his county.”

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Unaccompanied Child Immigrants in Verona, Virginia

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

I was informed last Friday that there were Unaccompanied Child Immigrants (UCI) at the Shenandoah Juvenile Detention Center in Verona. Like most others, I had read the newspapers and heard the news reports about these children, but now they were here in my district. I called the detention center and set up an appointment to meet some of these children.

I arrived at the Juvenile Detention Center Monday morning at 8 am. I had the opportunity to meet five illegal immigrant children, look into their welfare, and hear their stories. It was a heart-breaking experience.

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Virginia Latino Advisory Group meets amid illegal crisis

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel Cortez

Virginia must get its neck out of the sand and take a stand for compassion when it comes to children, legal or illegal, being victimized and now ostracized by many of the state’s tea party operatives and the likes of the Corey Stewarts of Prince William County, Virginia, where some children are being housed. Others are also being detained in Augusta County where supervisors will be discussing the issue Wednesday. Yes, these victims must be returned to their home countries sooner rather than later, but hopefully a genuine knowledge of the difficult historical regarding our broken immigration system will be presented.

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Immigrant children issue comes to Augusta County

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Video courtesy of Dan Sullivan.

The immigrant children crossing America’s southern border have been in the news for weeks but now the issue has come to the Shenandoah Valley. (See Valley protesters question cost of sheltering immigrants and 14 facts that help explain America’s child-migrant crisis.) Today at LynnRMitchell.com, we are taking a look at the issue.

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The Presentations of a County Fair

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

The home grown values of a county fair help ground you. One can’t help reconnecting with the principles this nation was founded on by those who remain stewards of the land.

Walking around the Caroline County Fair stock yard communing with the blue ribbon roosters and grand champion cattle, the sounds and smells of rural living were calming.

I needed calm in the face of the media firestorm about immigration and children who continue to flood our southern border due to a misunderstanding of President Obama’s DACA ruling, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” It may have been an attempt of compassion by the President, politically oriented or not, but the consequences have our nation in an uproar. It has enraged the Hispanic community regardless of political orientation.

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