Monday’s news items [inviting bags; council meeting tomorrow; nativism explored & more] – 6/22/2020

Borough council meeting tomorrow evening | Posted at the Borough Website under Agendas & Minutes.

curbside

Curbside, wow, there’s a thought! | “Doing CURBSIDE PICKUP in downtown Lititz? Look for the YELLOW parking meters providing 15 minutes of free parking for your #shoplocal curbside transactions.” – Downtown Lititz facebook page

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“The Unwanted | Immigration and Nativism in America”

“Who belongs here? What does the economy need? What, indeed, is an American or who is fit to be one? In 1751 Benjamin Franklin warned that Pennsylvania was becoming “a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them and will never adopt our Language or Customs any more than they can acquire our Complexion.” Later Jefferson worried about immigrants from foreign monarchies who “will infuse into American legislation their spirit, warp and bias its direction, and render it a heterogeneous, incoherent, distracted mass.” Sound familiar?

“American nativism and our historic ambivalence about immigration—at times vigorously seeking newcomers from abroad, at other times shutting them out and/or deporting them—is deeply entangled both in economic cycles and in the uncertainties of our vision of ourselves as a nation. A self-proclaimed “city upon a hill,” a shining model to the world, requires a certain kind of people. But what kind? Do they have to be pure Anglo-Saxons, whatever that was, which is what many reformers at the turn of the last century believed, or could it include “inferior” Southern Italians, Greeks, Slavs, Jews, or Chinese of the 1800s, the “dirty Japs” of 1942, or the Central Americans of today? Can America take the poor, the “tempest-tost,” the “wretched refuse” “yearning to breathe free” and make them a vital part of that city? If we began in perfection, how could change ever be anything but for the worse?” – American Immigration Council

York Daily Record reportWatch the coronavirus spread across Pennsylvania in timeline map

 

 

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