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Plainfield's Mayor Mapp: We Are Still a Nation of Immigrants

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Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp Credits: City of Plainfield
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PLAINFIELD, NJ - America is undisputedly a nation of immigrants. Whether your ancestors arrived by boat, airplane or even by automobile; whether they came via the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean or the Caribbean Sea, what they all had in common is that they were in search of the American Dream.

They were told that to be American was to eschew racial, religious and social prejudices and embrace the ideal that all men are created equal and that in America you could be anything you wanted to be. Our constitution was founded on and defends the tenets of equality, inclusion, humanity, and freedom.

There are no easy answers when it comes to the subject of immigration. There are those who are worried that immigrants come here to steal jobs and create more hardship for hard-working Americans. The truth is that The United States was built, in large part, by immigrants-and the nation has long been the beneficiary of the new ideas, energy, and ingenuity that immigrants brought to these shores.

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An America without immigrants is a nation that would flounder. Immigrants make up a significant portion of the U.S. workforce in a range of industries, accounting for over 41 percent of all farming, fishing, and forestry workers-as well as nearly 25 percent of those working in technology, math and sciences. As workers, business owners, taxpayers, and neighbors, immigrants are an integral part of the country's diverse and thriving communities and make extensive contributions that benefit all.

Immigrants are our neighbors, our children's teachers, their classmates, our grocers, our doctors. While no one disputes that we could benefit from immigration reform, we need a reasoned, thoughtful and compassionate strategy. To separate families, and target young people who have called this country home for their entire lives is cruel, it's inhumane, and it goes against the ideals that have defined the United States of America, and has given the privilege and opportunity to the very men and women who now sit in the halls of the United States Congress.

Our City of Plainfield is very diverse, and we enjoy sharing cultures and learning about our neighbors from other countries. Each person brings a unique perspective to the tapestry of our community. I, myself am an immigrant who was gratified to be afforded educational opportunities in this country which enabled me to propel myself forward. The America that welcomed me is the America that dreams are built on. It's the America that immigrants fought for, the America that they helped build and the America whose tradition we must uphold. It's the America that said "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore; Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

We have a legacy to leave for our children and their children and the policies we implement today will stand as a testament to the kind of people we are. Let this legacy reflect love and humanity, let it echo equality for all, let it stand for freedom from persecution.  I stand behind a fair and reasoned immigration reform policy which supports these values and will continue to be an advocate locally as well as nationally. This is what my conscience dictates to me and what I know to be my constitutional duty.

Creating One Plainfield, One Future...
  
 
 
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield

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You Meet the Most Amazing People on the Trail

The weather cooperated this weekend, so I went for more than one hike. After all, there are only just over fifty days before my walk to Maine commences, so why not.

This Saturday, some friends dragged me away from housecleaning (thank you!) for a quick jaunt through Watchung Reservation.  While we were there, we ran into two individuals from Westfield; the cosplayers introduced themselves ...

Go Take a Walk

Friday, March 30 was Take a Walk in the Park Day, so I did.  I really didn't have an excuse to not do so; the sun was shining, I had the day off, and I had no plans for the rest of the day.  So after a session with Abbe, my trainer at LifeTime Fitness, I made the short trip to Lake Surprise in Watchung Reservation. 

As I made my way around the lake, it was easy to see how ...

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HOPES Community Action Partnership, Inc. on Panel Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of New Jersey’s Abbott Preschool Program

April 19, 2018

On March 14, 2018, Joselyn Estevez-Vargas, Director of Early Childhood at HOPES Community Action Partnership, Inc., was among the early childhood education experts invited to participate on a panel to discuss best practices at the core of the Abbott program.  New Jersey’s Abbott Preschool Program came into existence by order of the New Jersey Supreme Court in the landmark Abbott v.

Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Bill is a huge blow to the middle-class

April 5, 2018

As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices.  A bill called “The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill” A-2039/S-485 looks poised to make ...

More Than Just Kindness for Roxbury Student Adored by Tragically Killed Boy

April 17, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – She lost her 10-year-old son three years ago in a boating accident on Lake Hopatcong, but Laurie D’Amico is sure her beloved Christopher speaks to her all the time. It’s subtle but firm, she says; messages that come as sparks of recollection, inspiration or intuition.

One of those unexpected inklings led Laura and her husband Chris to a jewelry ...

Blood Drive en Plainfield High School el viernes

April 12, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Un esfuerzo de sangre se llevará a cabo el viernes en Plainfield High School en asociación con la Cruz Roja Americana.

¿Alguna vez se ha preguntado qué le sucede a la pinta de sangre que dona?

Según la Cruz Roja, la donación se almacena en refrigeradores helados hasta que se transporta a un centro de la Cruz Roja y se escanea en una ...

Springtime Advice from Rapps Pharmacy

April 17, 2018

It may not feel like spring, but that spring weather is right around the corner and so is allergy season!  Here is some friendly advice from Rapps Pharmacy, your neighborhood pharmacy:

Combating the Allergy Season

As seasons change and pollen counts rise, more and more people clash with the aggravating symptoms of seasonal allergies. Beginning in February and lasting into early summer, ...

Featured Business: NJ Printing & Embroidery LLC

Featured Business: NJ Printing & Embroidery LLC

Nestled in the heart of Plainfield is NJ Printing & Embroidery, a family-owned business providing digital screen printing and embroidery for custom shirts, caps and other items.

The company also offers custom printed business cards, fliers, banners and storefront vinyls, and can provide expert graphic art design upon request.

Eric ...

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

The Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.

The German Girl

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa (Washington Square Press, 2016)

For each of the twelve million victims murdered during World War II there is a gutwrenching story to be told. I have read hundreds of memoirs, biographies, plays, and novels that recount the stories of the martyrs; some are exceptional, some are fair. The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa, an award-winning journalist, ...

The Skin Collector

The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver (Grand Central, 2014)

Jack the Ripper. The Boston Strangler. The Texas Watchtower Killer. The Zodiac Killer. The Angel of Death. The Butcher. BTK. The police and the press have a long history of dubbing serial killers with names that catch the attention of the public, usually having the effect of instilling greater fear and selling more print media so that ...

Queen Mary and the Cruiser

Queen Mary and the Cruiser by David A. Thomas and Patrick Holmes (Naval Institute Press, 1997)

“Had the forenoon watch and after eating went out onto the fo'c'sle. Just arrived at the top of the ladder by the PO's heads when the wave hit me---waist high---and knocked me over. Looking astern---through the bulkhead door which was open, saw the stern of a ship sticking up out of ...

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Random House, 1965)

 

In Cold Blood is, quite simply, the grand-daddy of true crime writing, dubbed by Capote, himself, as the first non-fiction novel (although Norman Mailer argued the point when he published The Executioner's Song in 1979.) The conditions under which I read In Cold Blood for the first time were pretty weird, which was another ...