|Michelle Dykstra: She gets my vote.|
Michelle and I sat down a little while ago and talked about why she had opposed Sanctuary City status for Roanoke and, frankly, it was a practical matter of supporting Roanoke City Police, in her mind. She said she was concerned about putting the police in the way of enforcing federal law. I can understand that argument from a theoretical standpoint, but practically it doesn't fly.
I believe that if local police follow a federal arrest order for an immigrant who has done nothing wrong and can be held indefinitely in what is essentially a concentration camp, then we have done something very wrong and unconstitutional.
However, Michelle is brand new to politics and doesn't understand that the Sanctuary City movement (with 300 cities included) is a rebellion against Republicans wanting to throw immigrants out of the country for no reason other than that GOP officials are xenophobic and racist. The Republican Party is branding all immigrants as criminals and sucking a lot of us along with them. They must be resisted.
In the hour we met, I listened to Michelle and she to me and I think we understand each other now. I had already developed a strong respect for her based on what I knew from other people, but now I know it myself and will ask that you vote for her in the May election. She will make a sterling city council member and she is running against a bunch of people (John Garland and Trish White-Boyd excepted) who either have not made a difference or would not.