Here is an article we missed last week about Nashville, TN, a city until now in competition with Boise, ID, Ft. Wayne, IN, Dearborn, MI, and Erie, PA in the most welcoming city in America category. Hat tip: Infinicat
Nashville’s refugee count stands at more than 10,000 resettled by the State Department since 1997, though unofficially that population is much higher because the city’s welcoming reputation has spread throughout the United States, drawing thousands of refugees who first settled in other cities.
Many foreign newcomers still find Nashville more open to them than other U.S. cities polarized by immigration controversies — but the honeymoon seems to be coming to an abrupt end.
Steps are being taken on all sides to avoid a war over immigration.
Last year, the local sheriff reached an agreement with the federal government to train 15 deputies solely assigned to identify and process arrested undocumented immigrants [not all illegals in Nashville are Hispanic].
The program has paid off, Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said. Nearly 3,000 immigrants have been sent packing.
Though highly controversial and derided by immigrant advocates, the collaboration was welcomed as a positive development for anti-illegal-immigration activists who believe Nashville’s cultural identity is threatened by too many new faces in town.
“We don’t know who these people are, why they’re coming here and even what diseases they may be bringing in,” said James Carter, a lifelong Nashville resident who leads the Minutemen of Tennessee, formed three years ago and now claiming 250 members.
For some, such talk is reminiscent of a hate-filled vernacular from decades ago that led to the creation of his agency, said Kelvin Jones, director of Nashville’s human relations commission.
Founded in 1965, during the tumultuous Civil Rights Movement, the commission is now working toward bringing all stakeholders to the table to prevent an all-out war over immigration.
All you cities with your welcoming signs out might want to take note of what is happening in Nashville. And you volags sitting around the conference table in Northern Virginia might want to take Nashville’s pin off your map.
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P.S. Guess that billboard campaign didn’t work so well for Nashville.