Each week, the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online, usually late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition.
What was the biggest story of the week?
I am struck by the level of anxiety I hear on a regular basis from friends and neighbors feeling threatened by the growing messages of intolerance in our country. An Indian mother worries that her son will be shot. Muslim women are warned not to go out alone in hijab. A Jewish school receives another bomb threat. Children of immigrants cry during a civics writing assignment as they worry their parents will be deported. Meanwhile, a delayed and tepid response by the administration makes folks wonder whether their concerns are heard and if they will receive the protections they count on.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
Even though spring is upon us, the chill in the air will continue to grow as an administration that claims it wants to reduce government regulation and bureaucracy instead creates a terrifying new taskforce. V.O.I.C.E. stands for Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement. It will publish a list of crimes committed by immigrants as a way of continuing to stir up anti-immigrant sentiment. This is a red herring. As Americans, our values should have us equally or more concerned about how we treat the stranger among us. Sadly, the list of crimes committed against immigrants by citizens is appallingly long.
The series focuses on state and local news.
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