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Re: Agenda item for 3/12 meeting: Amicus Curiae brief for Sanctuary Cities

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 23:13:09 +0000


Thank you for your email. I have scheduled this topic for next Tuesday’s
City Council agenda. Because the language of the Trump administration’s
Executive Order to withhold funds from “sanctuary” jurisdictions is so
ambiguous, it makes it hard for any jurisdiction to know whether it might
be viewed as a “sanctuary” by the federal government The result of this
ambiguity is that many jurisdictions, both conservative and liberal, do not
know if they might be targeted for defunding under this Executive Order.
This creates extreme uncertainty for their communities and in their ability
to make fiscal plans. Thus, I am recommending that the City of Menlo Park
join amicus briefs in support of both Santa Clara County and the City and
County of San Francisco in their litigation challenging the Trump
administration’s Executive Order. The broader topic of whether Menlo Park
should become a sanctuary city will be on the City Council agenda for its
meeting on April 4th. Again, thank you for your input on this important


Kirsten Keith,

On Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 10:44 PM Steve Ketchpel <steve.ketchpel_at_(domainremoved)

> Dear Councilors,
> With the federal government threatening to cut funding to Sanctuary
> Cities, and significant public sentiment in our city for the Sanctuary
> cause, it makes sense for Menlo Park to enter the legal battle now to
> preserve our federal funding, plus help Santa Clara County retain theirs.
> We can join an Amicus Curiae brief on behalf of Santa Clara county, but we
> need to act quickly, since briefs are due by March 22nd. Thus, the meeting
> on the 12th is the last chance to approve this at a city council meeting.
> I hope that you will add this opportunity to the agenda, and approve the
> decision to move forward when you meet on the 12th.
> Thank you for your consideration,
> Steven Ketchpel
> Menlo Park resident
Received on Thu Mar 09 2017 - 15:17:21 PST

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