The White House announced a strategic action plan to help get immigrants integrated into local communities. The plan includes ways to help them learn English, build job skills and other considerations that can only be seen as healthy. Unless you’re a right wing xenophobe, of course. Then it’s a “secret” plan to “transform America” by bringing dirty foreigners here. Xenophobes like, say, Leo Hohmann of the Worldnetdaily, who objects to the “migrant gravy train.”
What are the signs that your community has been secretly selected for an infusion of refugees from Muslim nations like Syria or Somalia, or migrant workers from Central America?
The Obama White House released a report last week on the integration of immigrants and refugees that provides some clues.
It could be something as simple as a new billboard along the highway touting the contributions of diverse immigrant populations and refugees. Or maybe you’ll hear a radio spot or see a TV ad delivering the same type of message.
Your city council may pass a proclamation “celebrating” and “welcoming” the “cultural diversity” and economic benefits of refugees and other “new Americans.”
The report is chock full of programs, goals, plans and strategies to build welcoming “receiving communities” and give immigrants all they need to prosper economically, linguistically and politically.
A dramatic break from the plan that Hohmann would prefer, which involves pitchforks and torches. All of this is like candy for the right wing ID, feeding into their deep-seated psychological fear of outsiders and loyalty to the tribe. Never mind that the tribe was built by immigration in the first place.