Monday, February 20, 2017

My visit to immigration-friendly Harrisonburg VA; a disturbing new right-wing religious organization in Michigan

Back on Sunday, February 12, 2017 the Washington Post had run a story by Andrew D. Perrine, “How one Virginia town got immigration right” .  The story concerns Harrisonburg VA, in the Shenandoah Valley, 130 miles from Washington DC, “The Friendly City”, home of James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University, and a Church World Service refugee resettlement area.

I did visit the area today, Presidents Day, too warm for our own good.  I saw the small Islamic center, which got a large food donation – it was hard to see because of road construction near I-81.  I also saw the Immigration and Refugee Office close to downtown.

The personal conversations yesterday were suspect of Trump (in comparison to other rural places).

A few of the web references suggested that some refugees do stay in private homes.

Of course, it is hard to tell yet how Trump’s executive orders will play out with the CWS program.
 They would seem to stop the refugee flow for 120 days and all immigration (except now all of those now legal residents). A typical CWS posting is here.

There is also a disturbing story in the Detroit Free Press today.

.While out today a saw (in USA Today) a Detroit Free Press story by Robert Allen "How a right-wing Ferndale group is building a multi-media empire"  The group is called Church Militant. It seems to believe there is only one “right religion” (we’ve heard that before, even in these days of quantum physics) and that people should be forced to live righteously, so “everyone else can”.  The group wants to abolish the US constitutional commitment to separation of church and state.

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