Michigan town backtracks on sanctuary city decision

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Just over a week ago, Lansing City Council and Mayor Virg Bernero were content with their decision to designate Lansing as a sanctuary city.  After Bernero issued an executive order outlining law enforcement practices surrounding immigration last Monday, the Council voted to give Lansing the controversial designation.

The following Wednesday evening,  Lansing City Council listened to arguments from the public, then held a vote to rescind the fledgling resolution.  The vote was  5-2 in favor of rescinding language about the sanctuary city resolution.

They also decided to postpone reaffirming Lansing as a “Welcoming City,” a phrase meant to indicate an openness to immigrants.

Council member Kathie Dunbar, a proponent of the sanctuary city status, said, “It’s a darn shame that after appearing to have a backbone and actually taken a stand on something that really matters, folks have decided to throw it away.”

While Dunbar says this sends a “really sad message,” other council members were more concerned about how the designation could have a negative impact on the city budget, as well as drawing negative attention from the White House.

“I strongly urge our nation’s states and cities and counties to consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws and to rethink these policies,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said regarding leaders considering the sanctuary city designation.

One resident, Rose Atkins, was in favor of the decision. “If you come in here, come in the right way,”  she said.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s recent executive order will not change, however.  Language in the order prevents Lansing police officers and city employees from seeking information about the immigration status of residents.

It does give an exception for requests “required by federal or state statute or court decision.”

H/T: MLive Media

 

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