|Michelle Dykstra: Agrees with Goodlatte.|
(Note: The U.S. has 300 Sanctuary Cities--virtually all run by Democrats--and some Virginia cities are building "detention centers" to hold detained immigrants, a kind of Virginia gulag. This is the definition of Sanctuary City: "A term that is applied by some to cities in the United States or Canada that have policies designed to not prosecute undocumented immigrants in the country they are currently living in. These practices can be by law (de jure) or they can be by habit (de facto). The term generally applies to cities that do not allow municipal funds or resources to be used to enforce federal immigration laws, usually by not allowing police or municipal employees to inquire about an individual's immigration status. The designation has no legal meaning.)
I am pulling my support for the candidacy of Michelle Dykstra for Roanoke City Council because she reneged on her initial response in not supporting Roanoke as a sanctuary city.
Roanoke should be that fresh water pond of humanity and kindness in a sea of Republican bigotry that is Western Virginia, and support for sanctuary city status is a strong indicator of a city full of compassion and welcoming to all people.
Ms. Dykstra has fallen to pressure from right-wing U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte of our district, a man she probably opposes across the board. Why not here?
Pearl Fu helped Roanoke gain a national reputation as a welcoming small city for all people from all nations. There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 126 nationalities represented in this city of less than 100,000 and each year we celebrate them with a summer festival honoring them all. If we are not a sanctuary city, then we are a city of hypocrites.
Several City Council candidates who initially said they were in favor of sanctuary status backed off when Goodlatte strongly said he opposed the status. Of course, he does. He is a representative of the party of xenophobia and bigotry, the party that would round people up and put them in concentration camps ("detention centers") because of where they were born, what color their skin is, whether or not they speak English.
Roanoke cannot afford to be openly racist and the sanctuary city designation says we are not, we will not stand for it, we favor the rights of all people, even illegal aliens. We must welcome all people if we are to be the Americans we believe ourselves to be.
Sanctuary status does nothing except announce that the city will not lock up illegal aliens who are under investigation until charges are filed. We have no business establishing concentration camps and I will not vote for those who favor that avenue. Ever.
Two other people I have enthusiastically endorsed--John Garland and Trish White-Boyd--said they were still studying the sanctuary status to fully understand it. I will respond when they do. They may keep my endorsement or lose it, based upon their response.