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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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Red vs Blu: Immigration

By Kurt Michael

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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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Deborah’s family immigration story: little has changed

Deborah MunozBy Deborah Bornstein Munoz

Gallup came out with a new poll June 27 (see More in U.S. Would Decrease Immigration Than Increase) in which they asked:

In your view, should immigration be kept at its present level, increased, or decreased?

The conclusion was that more in the U.S. would decrease immigration than increase it. Support for increasing immigration is up, yet more would still curb it.

It sounds as if little has changed since the 1890s when my great-grandparents from Lithuania faced this (see Countries and Culture: Lithuanian Americans by Mark A. Granquist):

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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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UPDATE: Goodlatte requests holds meeting with Shenandoah Valley tea party leadership 7 days after Eric Cantor’s loss

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UPDATE: Congressman Goodlatte’s office responded to this post: “Congressman Goodlatte requested this meeting with SVTPP in May, well before the June 10th primary, as part of his continued outreach to groups throughout the Sixth District. The headline of your post is quite misleading, making it look like the meeting was requested in response to Eric Cantor’s loss, which is not the case.”

The Shenandoah Valley Tea Party Patriots (SVTPP) reported in their June 29 newsletter that they were asked by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-6th) to meet to air their concerns, an hour-long event that took place on June 17, just seven days after Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his reelection race. The tea party newsletter noted:

Congressman Goodlatte had requested the meeting in order to hear from the Leadership matters the Organization considered important, as well as thoughts and recommendations.

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Deborah’s family immigration story: little has changed

Deborah MunozBy Deborah Bornstein Munoz

Gallup came out with a new poll June 27 (see More in U.S. Would Decrease Immigration Than Increase) in which they asked:

In your view, should immigration be kept at its present level, increased, or decreased?

The conclusion was that more in the U.S. would decrease immigration than increase it. Support for increasing immigration is up, yet more would still curb it.

It sounds as if little has changed since the 1890s when my great-grandparents from Lithuania faced this (see Countries and Culture: Lithuanian Americans by Mark A. Granquist):

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An independent perspective on Brat-Cantor race

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel Cortez

The election of tea party backed candidate Dave Brat in the 7th District primary has done little to excite independent minority voters in Virginia. Many still trying to decide which party would work to support the diversity of political opinion were frankly pushed away by the insensitive racial comments by Brat on minorities and Dream Act legislation during the campaign.

Comments do not need to be overt to have devastating consequences for a Virginia Republican party still trying to reorganize and responsibly deal with race. It continues to cost them elections.

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