On January 31, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer will instruct Charlottesville’s City Manager, Maurice Jones, to advise City Council on becoming a “Sanctuary City.”

Announced yesterday by the leftist political action group known as “Charlottesville Clergy Collective,” Mayor Signer also will host a press conference entitled, “Pride in Pluralism”:

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer to Make Major Announcement on Trump’s “Muslim Ban”

Joined by Khizr Khan, Faith, Community Leaders in Celebrating “Pride in Pluralism”

On Tuesday, January 31, Mayor Mike Signer of Charlottesville will be joined at a press conference at City Hall by Charlottesville community, faith, and business leaders to proclaim Charlottesville’s “Pride in Pluralism” and to declare that the historic city, home to Thomas Jefferson, is the “Capital of the Resistance” in the Trump Era. Signer and the other speakers will issue a call to action for anyone concerned about the fear, division, and uncertainty that have resulted from President Trump’s draconian executive orders. Signer called on all community members interested in these issues to join the event.

Charlottesville is home to a major office of the International Rescue Committee and to hundreds of political refugees who have fled oppression in their home countries for the safety and security of American democracy. In recent days Mayor Signer has met with Muslim residents of Charlottesville including translators for the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, Iranian dissidents, and Syrian political refugees.

They have expressed confusion about the implications of President Trump’s executive orders regarding immigration, Concern about whether they have simply escaped from one tyranny to another, and fear about whether the United States remains, in the poet Emma Lazarus’ words, remains [sic] a place that embraces “Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

The speakers at the press conference will provide personal and political testimonials about the consequences of president Donald Trump’s executive orders regarding immigration and the importance of embracing pluralism to the nation’s culture, Constitutional values, and economy. They will include:

  • Khizr Khan, Esq., Gold Star Families
  • Harriet Kuhr, Executive Director, International Rescue Committee
  • Rabbi Tom Gutherz, Congregation Beth Israel
  • Karim Ganena, Islamic Society of Central Virginia
  • Tracey Greene, Executive Director, Charlottesville Business Innovation Business Council [sic]
  • Other religious, civic, and community leaders

At the event, Mayor Signer will announce initiatives to:

  • Gather questions from Charlottesville’s Muslim and immigrant community on visa regarding the executive orders questions to demand answers from Virginia’s Congressional delegation [sic]
  • Join Cities for Action’s coalition of mayors demanding progress on immigration issues
  • Direct Charlottesville’s City Manager to advise City Council on becoming a Sanctuary City
  • Direct Charlottesville’s Human Rights Commission to address anti-Muslim bias.


12:00 noon
Charlottesville City Hall
605 E. Main Street
For details, contact:
Paige Rice, ricep@charlottesville.org, (434) 970-3113

Infamous for his own illegal and contra-Constitutional, anti-speech tactics, Mayor Signer’s call for institutional lawlessness and mindless pluralism would be laughable were it not so serious a breach.

Signer clearly suffers from TDS and harbors delusions about bona fide threats to America posed by unvetted refugees and unfettered illegal immigration. His witless, unlawful actions will certainly put Charlottesville’s citizens in immediate and long-term financial, social, and personal jeopardy.

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  1. Deuteronomy 10: 17-19 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. 18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. 19 And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.

    Leviticus 19:34 The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

    Matthew 25:31-46 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[f] you did it to me.’

    41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

    Romans 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

  2. Does Signer understand how the city manager system works? What is next? Bob Fenwick asking the city manager to look into city snowcone sales? Signer attempts to dominate a news cycle on a regional/national stage.

    For years Our past national leaders were unwilling to act and throw the hot potatoe out in the open. No longer party first, but country first. No longer do nothing, but do something.

    What about our refugees in the shadows here in our city, county, and state.? Generations of resident non citizens living on the margins, in fear of Graf, extortion, and discrimination but without proper papers? They work and raise there families here, but the public makes them illegals but not refugees. This system is broken and if treated as a business would have been fixed long ago. If accountants can prepare and approve taxes, why not work visas, and citizenship processing?

    The system is broken. By putting iugly issues on the table, maybe something will get done besides political posturing for self edification

  3. Why can’t mayors stick to things that fall under their purview? Immigration is a federal issue under our Constitutional division of powers. This is cheap grandstanding.


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