the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Glen Rock NJ, we reported in January of 2017 that Glen Rock Mayor Bruce Packer said Glen Rock welcomes people from shithole countries,
Packer at the Glen Rock REOG meeting said , “I had mentioned in my speech at the reorg meeting that I would like to see the council reconsider the Welcoming Community Resolution. To those who say it is not necessary, because we obviously welcome everyone, I would suggest that you probably would have said the same thing about our country. You know, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free…” and all that. Nothing about exclusions for shithole countries.That is what our country used to stand for and what Glen Rock still stands for.This is not a partisan statement but this is what patriotism should look like.We can’t assume that everyone is willing to welcome one and all when the elected leader of our country does not.
I’d love to see our local leadership send that clear message and we will include it on a future agenda for discussion.
I am a true believer that, as Martin Luther King Jr said, “Silence is Complicity” and I could not stay silent after seeing what was said.”
The question now becomes with proposed changes in the Trump Administration policy toward illegal immigrants announced on this blog on Saturday
and the fact that Mayor Packer has decided not to run again ,will Glen Rock continue its open door policy ?