The mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, Democrat David Briley, has released a video, all in Spanish, where he explains to his Hispanophone residents the concern his office has for them, in these days of harrowing ICE raids on innocent chicken processing plants down in Mississippi who were just minding their own business .
Here is a translation of the minute-and-a-half video, courtesy of the Nashville Tennessean:
I am Mayor David Briley. I know that many immigrant families in Nashville are worried about the recent news announcing possible activities of immigration agents.
So far we do not have any report of such activity. However it is important that everyone is prepared. Please know your rights and make a plan for your family.
You have rights in the United States regardless of your immigration status. You have the right not to open your door unless the agents have an order signed by a judge. You have the right to remain silent and not sign papers before talking to a lawyer.
The Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants and Refugees of Tennessee [TIRRC] have several resources to help you make a plan. Please visit their social media or call 615-414-1030.
To all families that are afraid, I tell you that you are welcome. In Nashville we are happy to have you here and we will do our best to keep you families safe.
It may be completely coincidental, but His Honor the Mayor happens to be up for re-election next month. He first became mayor in January 2018 after the resignation of his predecessor, Democrat Megan Barry, following her conviction for embezzling more than $10,000 of city funds to finance an affair with her bodyguard. Briley won a special election soon afterwards with 54% of the vote, but this year’s contest may be more difficult.
According to a survey by the Tennessee Star, Briley has a significant deficit in his favorability ratio (35.5 favorable, 44.6 unfavorable) and is preferred by only 30% of the electorate, followed by several other candidates, including conservative-minded former Vanderbilt professor Carol Swain at 21%. Dr. Swain happens to be black.
So, a cynic might suggest Mayor Briley of pandering to the Hispanic vote. After all, Nashville has been a magnet for Hispanics, who now number 66,000 and comprise more than 10% of the city’s population. (In 1990, they made up less than 1%.) But cynics always suspect politicians of chicanery.
One final note. Shortly before issuing the video, Briley tweeted the following:
Everyone deserves to feel safe in America — no matter where they come from — and @realDonaldTrump’s ICE raids in Mississippi today are a disgrace to our values as a nation. I will continue working to ensure Nashville is a welcoming place for all residents.
We see this morning in our mail that the Border Patrol in Baton Rouge has just now arrested one Pascual Mas-Xocholij, a 40-year old Guatemalan citizen and illegal alien, wanted for the forcible rape of a minor. If only Sr. Mas-Xocholij could have made it up north to Mayor Briley’s Nashville, where “everyone deserves to feel safe.”
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