Radical leftist mayors of both declining and growing cities have claimed that legal and illegal immigrants can fix both the population gaps and increase economic growth. Just how Angela Merkel fixed Germany?
Refugee resettlement in Baltimore and Nashville
In 2012, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that to revive her city, she needed 10,000 families within a decade to settle there. She saw a movie created by the social engineering organization Next City that promoted immigrants in Baltimore as “key actors in societal change.” The movie was shown at an event sponsored by Islamic Relief USA, an affiliate of Islamic Relief Worldwide that “has been linked to terrorism finance, [and] is now playing a role in helping to settle refugees from terror torn Syria.”
The mayor was convinced that the refugee resettlement program could help her reach the goal.
And sure enough, so far in 2016, over 1,025 refugees were brought to Maryland, including 154 Syrians most of whom are in Baltimore.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry partners with federal contractor Catholic Charities to ensure that refugees continue to flow into her city. She says Nashville should remain open and welcoming to refugees, some of whom she says have become “incredible community leaders.” No doubt she means people like the Kurdish refugee activist who rejects the U.S. Constitution and says don’t call her an American.
And another Kurdish refugee brought the Muslim Brotherhood’s anti-Semitic CAIR director to train high school students in community activism.
Shortly after the November 2015 jihad attack in Paris, Governor Haslam called for a halt to resettling Syrian refugees in Tennessee based on reports about would-be terrorists mixing in with refugee flows. Mayor Barry’s response was, “‘[R]eality, not fear’ should dictate the reaction to the terrorist attacks in Paris, France.”
Despite today’s “reality” in France, Belgium, and Germany of multiple deadly jihad attacks, so far in 2016 over 1,170 refugees have been resettled in Tennessee, including 112 Syrians and 132 Somalis.
Illegal immigration in Baltimore and Nashville
In 2012, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed an executive order formalizing Baltimore as a sanctuary city as part of her plan to revive the city’s decline. The mayor “told Latinos, in particular, that she is counting on them to help Baltimore gain 10,000 families within a decade.”
Solidifying the city as a destination for illegal immigrants, Baltimore’s City Council will be voting shortly to establish a municipal ID program. This program is like New York’s $13.5 million dollar program which gives illegal alien lawbreakers a “document” so they can take advantage of city services.
During her campaign Megan Barry promised Nashville’s illegals a municipal ID program. Leaders from TIRRC (TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition) who ended up serving on Barry’s transition team, said municipal IDs for illegal immigrants is a “forward thinking” progressive policy that would help illegal immigrants pass for legal residents.
In December 2016, Nashville groups will be hosting the “National Immigrant Integration Conference.” The conference was held in NYC last year and included break-out sessions like illegal aliens voting in municipal elections and economic justice. This year, organizers are adding a new propaganda track on refugee resettlement and a plenary session devoted to strategies designed to change the South’s demographics. That is, turn it’s political color blue.
Baltimore and Nashville mayors also share…
Black Lives Matter protestors and their allied progressive and Islamist groups
in Baltimore Rawlings-Blake told police to stand down while rioters looted stores and destroyed property following the death of Freddie Gray
in Nashville, the mayor supports screening new police recruits for bias and says she is ready to sit down and dialogue with BLM
Very high rates of “disconnected youth” – Measure of America’s 2015 report defines “disconnected youth” as 16 – 24 year olds who are neither working nor in school. Among the most populous U.S. Metro areas:
Baltimore is estimated to have 39,864 in this category; 18.4% are black and 7.8% are white
Nashville is estimated to have 29,283 in this category; 17.6% are black and 10.4% are white
And of course, both mayors are heavily invested in the Democratic party; Rawlings-Blake has been the secretary of the DNC since 2013 and just gaveled in the convention after Wasserman-Schultz was booed off the stage. Predictably, Megan Barry is a Hillary delegate.
These mayors see political progressives, refugee Islamic jihadists and illegal immigrants as tools to create urban leftist strongholds. Will Nashville follow Baltimore’s path? In Nashville, these groups are entrenched in the mayor’s inner circle which makes this undesirable outcome a real possibility.