By Shannon Knutsen and Charles C. Johnson
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Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn supports McCain-style immigration amnesty, Gotnews.com has learned. The first time candidate also pushed relocating thousands of illegal immigrants to Georgia at her left-wing charity.
Nunn was CEO of Points of Light until stepping aside to run for Senate. Points of Light runs the nationwide Hands-on Network. The organization’s flagship affiliate, Hands-on Atlanta, was co-founded by Nunn, who was its first director.
Illegal immigration and the relocation of unaccompanied children [UACs] and immigrants is quickly becoming a “hot button” issue for Georgia. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has said recently that he’d welcome the unaccompanied UACs to Atlanta while GA Governor Nathan Deal sent a “scathing” letter to the Obama Administration for sending 1,100 UACs to Georgia.
So far, Nunn has been hard to nail down on mostly everything. She’s been criticized in the media for repeatedly giving evasive answers when asked about key issues.
Nunn hinted at her leanings regarding immigration in an interview with an Atlanta news anchor. When asked how she would have voted on the Immigration Bill, Nunn replied:
So, I’m not in the Senate yet, so I won’t go into the hypotheticals… but I admire Senators that are working together like Marco Rubio and John McCain…
After looking more closely at the activities of the Points of Light Institute (POL) with Michelle Nunn at the helm, her actual position on immigration and the UACs is very clear.
In 2013, Points of Light published “A Toolkit for Volunteering with Immigrants and Refugees.”
The toolkit “provides an overview of America’s immigrants and refugees, the obstacles and challenges facing this population, the types of volunteer programs that support them, and tips and resources for volunteering with immigrants and refugees.”
Since 1996, Points of Light and its Hands-on Network have employed a program model referred to as “Neighboring.” The “Neighboring Tool Kit” published by POL and the Hands-On Network in 2011 outlines the organizations’ goals regarding service to the immigrant community.
Neighboring is most successful in communities that lack access to the typical resources that promote self-sufficiency, such as food, clothing, jobs, and healthcare.
Over the years, our Affiliate Network has brought Neighboring to low-income, immigrant, multicultural, refugee, Native American, African American, kinship, and Hispanic communities.
Most immigrant and minority communities have a wealth of traditions and values tied to helping others, but the term volunteer does not translate into the terms they use to talk about these activities.
In one example of how to apply the “Neighboring” model, the report offers a strategy for overcoming language barriers when “A local community has recently experienced an influx of immigrants and refugees.
To facilitate programs like the Neighboring model, Points of Light and the Hands on Network also collaborate closely with AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in service to America).
A 2008 AmeriCorps VISTA report entitled “Overcoming Poverty, Building Capacity” details state programs nationwide that work to help immigrants and refugees settle in the United States.
VISTAs create programs that help immigrant families ease into American society. The programs help them learn English and American culture, develop financial literacy skills, and become self-sufficient.
Hands-On Atlanta (HOA) is the flagship affiliate for POL’s Hands-On Network. Co-created by Michelle Nunn, Hands-On Atlanta is where Nunn began her career in volunteerism. HOA has worked particularly closely with AmeriCorps VISTA throughout Georgia.
The Hands-On Atlanta/ VISTA Handbook details the symbiosis between the two organizations:
A 2014 AmeriCorps report on programs in Georgia further illustrates the close working relationship among the organizations:
Hands-On Atlanta and VISTA have partnered together to provide a multitude of services to immigrants and refugees in Georgia.
The Hands-On Atlanta website has listed five “Partner Organizations” in the “Impact Area” of “Immigrant & Refugee Services”. At least two of HOA’s partners are actively assisting in the resettlement of UACs and immigrants to the state of Georgia– the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Refugee Family Services.
In July 2014, the IRC announced the opening of a satellite program in Athens, GA. Its purpose will be to assist with the resettling 40- 60 refugee families, up to 250 people, in the Northeast GA college town.
Like the IRC, Refugee Family Services receives assistance from AmeriCorps and Hands-On Atlanta:
Video– “AmeriCorps at Refugee Family Services”
Refugee Family Services is also promoting the relocation of UACs and immigrants to Georgia:
As CEO of Points of Light, Michelle Nunn has spent the last several years working with and within organizations whose purpose is to help immigrants and refugees assimilate into the United States. It’s hard to imagine that Nunn would reverse course after years of aiding the immigrant community.
Despite her lack of commentary on the current border crisis, it’s highly likely that, if elected, Michelle Nunn will ‘roll out the welcome mat’ for UACs and immigrants being relocated to Georgia.
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