After a strong performance in the 2019 elections for Virginia’s General Assembly, Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has volunteered to take in more refugees.
Northam is following in the footsteps of former Massachusetts governor (and now Democratic presidential candidate) Deval Patrick.
The Virginia Governor responded to President Trump’s Executive Order 13888. Pawel Styrna of Immigration Reform pointed out that “the presidential order was dated September 26, but Northam waited two months (until November 25) to respond and roll out the welcome mat for more refugees.”
Under EO 13888, the federal government will no longer resettle refugees in areas where either the state or local governments have disapproved new refugee resettlement under the State Department’s Reception and Placement Program (RPP).
This marks a considerable break from Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, and his policy of overriding the objections of state governors and local communities to the inflow of new refugees.
In Northam’s letter, he stated his objective was to “reaffirm Virginia’s position that we welcome refugee resettlement in the Commonwealth.”
Northam then lectured Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the flaws of America’s refugee policy, despite the fact that Northam nor any state governor determines how many refugees the U.S will admit and what countries they should come from.
Additionally, Northam complained about Trump’s decisions to reduce the number of refugees resettled in states like Virginia. Northam stressed that “we have the capacity to accept and help more refugees than we currently have.”
Styrna asks an important question:
Moreover, why are the preferences of refugees – who are receiving both the benefits of a new life in a safe, secure democracy and thousands of dollars of taxpayer assistance – more important than the needs of Americans?
He notes that Northern Virginian is already facing considerable problems:
After all, suburban Northern Virginia is already facing many of the problems associated with urban/suburban sprawl, including: a high cost of living, high rents, heavy traffic, and overcrowded public schools.
The points Styrna makes are valid.
However, Northam’s enthusiasm with mass migration may have electoral implications.
Certain outlets like the Washington Post boast about a “younger, more racially diverse electorate combined with a backlash against President Trump” to create a massive political shift in counties like Prince William and Loudoun.
On top of that, white voters now account for less than 70 percent of Virginia’s electorate, thus indicating a growing demographic shift. BLP reported that over 90 percent of congressional districts with foreign populations above the national average ended up going Democrat in the 2018 elections.
Should these trends continue, Democrats will likely dominate Virginia. On top of that, laxer immigration standards could overwhelm basic public functions of the state and create massive social upheaval.
Now more than ever, immigration reform — moratoriums, ending chain migration, ending birthright citizenship, etc. — must be carried out to preserve the viability of the U.S. as a functioning nation state.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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