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“We want you to feel like you belong. . .”

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Ho-ho! It’s not all darkness out there! Sojomail arrived in my inbox with a story of remarkable vision.

Here’s a place I’d like to live . . .

“Most of us know this town would have a heck of a time trying to run itself these days without the immigrants. They’re working at the grocery stores, the fast-food places, they’re opening businesses and keeping this town alive and young. We’re just being practical by telling them, ‘Look, we want you in our community, and we want you to feel like you belong.'”

– Republican Mayor Robert Patten of Hightstown, New Jersey, whose town council unanimously approved measures allowing undocumented residents to interact with police and city services without fear of being reported to federal authorities – making it one of an increasing number of “sanctuary cities” with no-questions-asked policies on immigration status. (Source: The Washington Post)

Apparently the immigrant community has begun to trust the police, and they are working together against crime.  The story’s well worth reading.

Way to go, Hightstown! May your city prosper and your people love life! You’re America at its best.


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Written by Monte

April 19, 2007 at 3:51 pm

Posted in Immigration, Politics

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  1. mp: Many thanks for your comment! I’ll be thinking about it for the next few days, and may add more later.

    Monte

    May 23, 2007 at 1:23 pm

  2. “…they’re working at the grocery stores, the fast-food places, they’re opening businesses and keeping this town alive and young.”

    I live in Hightstown, and this is certainly not the case. The town is becoming over run with immigrants to the point where local businesses run by Americans are closing shop due to a lack of businesses – I have witnessed this first hand. An excellent local Italian restaurant was forced to close its doors after only one year in business because our Main Street is composed primarily of Latino businesses, which make the town unattractive to the many would-be patrons. And while many factors contribute to a businesses downfall, I worked at the restaurant and can tell you that it is some of the best food and friendliest service around.

    This all ties into the fact that the shops and grocery stores that the immigrants run cater only to the immigrant population and not the citizens of Hightstown – creating many tensions between residents and illegal immigrants.

    I’ve also noticed that many jobs are being taken by illegals now that would otherwise be given to the town’s teenagers and young adults. I work for a pool company and I have noticed many of the positions being given to Latinos in the past few years – a number that is only increasing. This lack of jobs will eventually force many of the long-time residents out of the town.

    In my opinion, our mayor is making a huge mistake by letting our economy become dependent on the businesses of immigrants – something that will only become worse. It makes me wonder why Hightstown did not develop its economy around its citizens like Allentown, Freehold and Red Bank did years ago.

    Don’t get me wrong though- I have many Latino friends and I certainly hold no prejudices – however, from the prospective of a 12 year resident, I can tell you that this don’t ask don’t tell immigration policy is destroying the businesses of our residents and will only hurt us in the long run.

    matypete

    May 22, 2007 at 5:50 pm

  3. Thanks, you bet! And it is comforting to remember that much of the world finds things to admire and love in the American dream, when America can be held true to it!

    Monte

    April 20, 2007 at 9:31 am

  4. A great find. This is the America the rest of us admire and love. A heartening news item, thanks for sharing.

    peoplesgeography

    April 20, 2007 at 12:48 am


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