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

From: domainremoved <bob>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:04:37 +0000 (UTC)

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.[Insert personal reason you care about this issue.] 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,
Dana Shields and Bob Hubbell (20 year Menlo Park residents)1231 Woodland Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Received on Tue Mar 14 2017 - 13:06:57 PDT

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