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Re: Sanctuary City Status

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 23:18:45 +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 Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 1:04 PM Andrea Nadosy <nadosy_at_(domainremoved)

> Hello Menlo Park City Council,
> I am writing to request that you support Santa Clara County in its legal
> efforts to protect federal funding for its Sanctuary Cities. As you know,
> the federal government has threatened to cut off federal funds for cities
> that don’t cooperate with new immigration orders, though a Supreme Court
> precedent indicates that it’s unconstitutional for the federal government
> to do so. We need to do everything we can to support those counties who are
> fighting this federal threat, thereby *setting a legal precedent that
> cities can pass Sanctuary City laws without worrying about losing federal
> funds.*
> If Santa Clara County can be successful in its effort, it will set a
> crucial precedent that we can then use in San Mateo County. As you well
> know, 75% of those surveyed in Menlo Park support the creation of a Menlo
> Park ordinance that makes our city a Sanctuary City. Eliminating the risk
> of losing federal funding while doing so will make it much easier for all
> of you to politically support this ordinance’s adoption.
> *Please agendize for the next City Council meeting a consideration to join
> the Amicus Curiae brief in support of Santa Clara County, in the litigation
> to protect the Federal funding for Sanctuary Cities. All Amicus Curiae
> briefs are due to the court by March 22nd, so we need City Council action
> before then.*
> The withholding of Federal dollars from Santa Clara County will
> immeasurably affect our entire region. Please join the Amicus Curiae brief
> in support of local control.
> Sincerely,
> Andrea Bunt, Menlo Park resident
> _____________________________________
> Andrea Nadosy Bunt
> 917.374.1433
Received on Thu Mar 09 2017 - 16:22:46 PST

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