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Ban on Religious Registry Participation and Ban on Internment/Relocation Ordinance

From: domainremoved <devin>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:55:55 -0700

Dear City Council of Menlo Park,



I’m writing in *strong support of Councilman Ray Mueller’s Proposed Ban on
Religious Registry Participation and Ban on Internment/Relocation Ordinance*
.



Why?

● The new federal administration’s possible call for a registry based
on faith, country of origin, or ethnic identification is a violation of
human rights. Period.

● A violation of human rights on some of us is an attack on all of us.
Muslim or not, our common humanity is under assault. Muslim or not, this is
OUR problem.

● We must not let a dark period of American history repeat itself (or
even come close to doing so). Decades ago, the United States government
created a registry of Japanese Americans, then undertook mass relocations
of Japanese Americans in internment camps. That feels unthinkable, doesn’t
it? We must learn from our mistakes.



*This is to protect our neighbors, friends, fellow parents, doctors,
teachers, colleagues, and more. We must have their backs in times of
crisis, just they would do for us.*

as a Jew I have become increasingly worried by sharp increase in
antisemitism since the presidential election, and the lack of response from
some of our elected leaders.

I am proud to live in Menlo Park. The City is part of our identity and
daily lives. Times are changing, and our City must take swift action to
preserve the human and community values we cherish here.



*I also am writing to urge you to approve the sanctuary city ordinance that
is to be brought before the City Council on April 4th, and to vote for the
City of Menlo Park to join the Amicus Curiae brief in support of Santa
Clara County, in the litigation to protect the Federal funding of so-called
"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.



Our immigrant community is particularly vulnerable to the current national
rhetoric. These families feel scared and uncertain about being targeted and
detained because of their immigration status. Immigrant children in Menlo
Park schools feel scared and uncertain. We who favor adopting a sanctuary
ordinance want Menlo Park to be inclusive and supportive of our most
vulnerable community members, including immigrants.



Sanctuary ordinances have been passed in 300 cities and counties in the US.
The goal of adopting a sanctuary ordinance is to strengthen the local
community by increasing trust and communication between residents and city
employees. Communities are safer with these ordinances because those who
might be impacted are less fearful of reporting crime. With a publicly
adopted sanctuary ordinance, immigrant families in the community are less
fearful of federal intervention and therefore more likely to cooperate
positively with local police, school officials and other city employees.



Thank you for voting in support of the Ban on Religious Registry
Participation and Ban on Internment/Relocation Ordinance, in support of the
sanctuary city ordinace that will be before you on April 4th and to in
support of joining the Amicus Curiae brief in support of local control now.



Sincerely,

Devin Prouty

812 Arbor Rd

*Homeowner and resident, Menlo Park*
Received on Tue Mar 14 2017 - 11:58:14 PDT

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