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Sanctuary

From: domainremoved <Patrick>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:25:43 -0800

Dear Council members and staff,

Following the election of Donald Trump, there have been alarming reports
of a wave of hate crimes across the country; and meanwhile the
President-elect has done nothing to allay the fears of the minority
groups who were the target of his inflammatory rhetoric during the
campaign. Rather he has announced a plan to deport two to three million
immigrants, and a prominent supporter, Carl Higbie, co-chair of the
Great America PAC, has gone on the nightly news to advocate a "muslim
registry", citing the WW II Japanese internment camps as a precedent-- a
proposal that reportedly has traction among members Mr. Trump's
transition team.

In light of all this, some of us got together in the Willows
neighborhood over the weekend to discuss what we could do to support and
succor those of our neighbors who do not happen to be Caucasian. An idea
that got enthusiastic support was that Menlo Park should follow the lead
of other Bay Area cities and counties that have enacted ordinances or
implemented policies that can be called sanctuary policies. For example,
San Jose's Resolution 73677/PD Duty Manual L7911 "prevents SJ police
from detaining residents because of their immigration status or
initiating police action to find them" and "condemns ICE raids that
affect law-abiding illegal immigrants", according to a KQED report;
while East Palo Alto's Resolution 2673 "directs the police department
and all city departments to refrain from acting as agents of ICE in any
program or operation that targets individuals based solely on their
immigration status."

On behalf these residents, and others who have since expressed strong
support, I am writing to urge the City of Menlo Park to consider
implementing a similar policy. And as a procedural matter-- if, as we
hope, the Council is sympathetic to this idea, how would we go forward
from here?

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Daly

330 Pope St.
(650) 325-2776
Received on Thu Nov 17 2016 - 10:30:19 PST

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