Florida can’t afford to raise any more immigrants. They didn’t sign up as a sanctuary state so they did the most humane thing and sent them to a beautiful island full of stuck up democrats that kicked them out before they got comfortable.
— Sharon Kean Donovan, via Facebook
How about, they don’t belong here, have no rights and need to be on a plane back to Mexico or Venezuela. What part of illegal don’t you understand? And why is it legal for the federal government to bus and fly them all over the country but wrong when a Governor does it?
— Albert Hoffman
Thanks to Ms. Bianchi for conducting the interviews with ordinary city residents regarding their views on the recent migrant crisis on Martha’s Vineyard.
No matter their political perspective, I think people in our community, for the most part, recognize how thoughtless and cruel Governor DeSantis and Abbott’s actions were.
It is clear that there is an untenable situation in our country when it comes to immigration policy which needs to be addressed.
To revamp our broken immigration policy requires examining the root causes of mass migrations, an objective look at what political asylum is and is not, and recognition that there is more than one perspective on the ramifications of undocumented immigrants entering the country.
To date, all we seem to have is a political football game where the only losers are the victims caught in the middle.
This issue is complex, and a comprehensive overhaul of immigration policy will only occur when those elected officials take it seriously and stop concerning themselves with the political fallout. In other words, they need courage, fairness, logic, empathy, sincerity, and a willingness to look at all sides, without personal bias.
— Dawn Blake Souza, via Facebook
Martha’s Vineyard wanted diversity so badly that, when it arrived, they shipped them off Joint Base Cape Cod
— Neal Cadorette, via Facebook
Fifty people are a crisis on Martha’s Vineyard but 5,000 a day in Texas isn’t even an afterthought.
— Neal Cadorette
Send them home. New Bedford is already full.
— Alan Bowman
ESL mentors can make a big difference
This is an idea that could bring our community resources together in a valuable way. I wonder if the New Bedford Public Library system might become an enhanced community resource for immigrants, new citizens and ESL individuals to acclimate to our area.
Years ago I volunteered to become an ESL mentor. There were several days of training at The Wellesley Public Library, where we became aware of how life-changing being a dependable resource for a new citizen could be. Having a mentor can make a great difference in the lives of individuals and families.
It was a very rewarding and interesting volunteer experience to help a mom, for example, new to the community, attend a back-to-school event then navigate the school system more easily and understand the ins-and-outs of school procedures (my kids were in middle school at the time), or to be able to help fill out school sports forms for teams or navigate the registry of motor vehicles. Really any type of activity that we might take for granted needs some hand holding in a new country.
Taking this idea to the high schools and college level, why not encourage our student community to provide this service as a language or community-service project to help our immigrant populations? It could be a wonderful life-changing experience.
— Jeanie Holmes is from Marion
Stop, just stop this politically correct bull…. Teach them English, teach in English AND teach multiCultural awareness and history. Also require ALL students to learn a second or third language while in School.
— Sarah Bishop Valentine, via Facebook