The Maryville Daily Times reports that the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition met in East Tennessee and encouraged people to look beyond rhetoric and embrace their foreign-born neighbors.
"About 50 members of TIRRC attended a regional meeting at Pellissippi State Technical Community College's Blount Campus Saturday afternoon to train local immigrants and discuss immigration issues."
"'Immigration is now a platform for politicians,' said Juan Canedo, organizing director for Nashville-based TIRRC. 'The anti-immigration movement has worked its way into the federal, state and local governments.'"
"Fran Ansley, a law professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, said, 'There are some dangerous things going on right now in our state and here in our community. People are taking advantage of other people's fears.'"
"Ansley has worked on immigration issues for 10 years as a law professor at UT, and noted: 'Blount County should be proud of itself for starting this conversation on race and immigration. It's a relatively new issue for this part of the country, but we're starting to see people from all walks of life getting involved.'"