JCIRA responds to hate crime in El Paso

Posted 8/14/19

Our local immigrant rights organization, the Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates (JCIRA), stands in solemn and shocked solidarity with the communities in El Paso.

We join the chorus of …

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JCIRA responds to hate crime in El Paso

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Our local immigrant rights organization, the Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates (JCIRA), stands in solemn and shocked solidarity with the communities in El Paso.

We join the chorus of condemnation against those who participate in white nationalist groups, against those who support such groups, and especially against those in power whose rhetoric and statements encourage such groups or their members to act as in El Paso.

No one following the continued demonizing and dehumanizing of immigrants on our southern border can fail to understand that this tragic mass murder in El Paso on Saturday is but the latest harvest of the hatred and racism so freely spewed by leaders in public discourse. The deaths and injuries occurred in El Paso, but this evil act is causing fear and anxiety across our land including in Jefferson County.

We urge you to join us in making clear that all immigrants are welcome here and that we stand with them in this difficult time. 

John Collins and Lawrence Jensen
Board members, JCIRA
Port Townsend

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Tom Camfield

We stole much of the Southwest from Mexico in the first place. Now we won't let Mexicans back into the land of their ancestors. Look at all the Spanish place names from Texas to California—El Paso to San Luis Obispo. Geesh!

Wednesday, August 14
Justin Hale

"all immigrants are welcome here", Right, as long as they come in Legally.

The murders in El Paso lay solely on the shooter, his acts are his own.

Thursday, August 15
Tom Camfield

The acts were his, but how was he inspired and abetted? By racist language and lousy gun laws.

Friday, August 16
Justin Hale

What you might call "racist" language others might call First Amendment free speech. While you might call them "lousy gun laws" others might consider laws that weaken our Second Amendment rights lousy gun laws.

Saturday, August 17
Tom Camfield

Free speech is not a blank check; it has its limitations. Inciting riot is one of those limitations, I believe.

It's also pushing the envelope of "insuring a well-trained militia" and the "right to keep and bear arms" to allow military semi-automatic weapons into those who take them onto our streets, into our parks, into our schools, into our churches, synagogues and mosques . . . into theaters or outdoor festivals, into grocery and department stores. We might as well OK hand grenades.

Tuesday, August 20
Justin Hale

"Free speech is not a blank check; it has its limitations. Inciting riot is one of those limitations, I believe. ".....And what, if any, are the limitations of the free press? I understand that the press can be subject to libel and slander/ defamation laws, so there must be some limits, no?

I seem to be in good company in my distrust, and condemnation of today's MSM, and their abuse of the first amendment..

"I always said that when we don't have to go through you @*&#^!s, we can really get our story out to the American people," JFK.

"The advertisements are the most truthful part of a newspaper." - Thomas Jefferson

" allow military semi-automatic weapons ", Tom, I'm sure that you know the difference between a semi-automatic firearm and a "military" weapon, show me any Army today that arms its troops with semi-auto's. If you really are concerned with the destructive power of a firearm you would know that a shotgun can do a lot more damage, should we ban shotguns also?. How about almost all pistols, most are semi-auto.

I may be wrong but I believe I'm more likely to die in an auto accident than from "gun violence", what say we ban all of the crappy drivers. How about a One strike and your out law, to make our roads safer?

Whether you like it or not Trump was right when he said that the gun doesn't pull the trigger.

Tuesday, August 20