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Re: Support Sanctuary & Freedom Cities

From: domainremoved <Erin>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:30:41 -0700

Thank you Mrs. Mayor for your response to our letter and your clear leadership on this issue.

I will do my best to attend this evening's event but have a sick family at home that may require my attention. I realize I can stream the meeting, but is there a timed agenda that might help ensure that if I can attend I can do so at the appropriate time?

Many thanks - Erin

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> On Mar 14, 2017, at 1:03 PM, Kirsten Keith <kkeith_at_(domainremoved)
>
> Hello,
>
> Thank you for your email. I have scheduled this topic for the City Council agenda tonight. 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 topic.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Kirsten Keith,
>
> Mayor
>
>> On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 3:25 PM Erin Cooke <midpensolsun_at_(domainremoved)
>> Dear Honorable Mayor and Menlo Park City Council:
>>
>> I am writing on behalf of the Solidarity Sundays Mid-Peninsula Chapter, based in Menlo Park, to urge the City Council to enable Menlo Park to be a signatory on the amicus brief discussed tonight under agenda item I2. Further, we request you vote in favor to become a designated Sanctuary City and put in place additional protections to shield immigrants from aggressive enforcement and living in fear of being deported at your April 4thmeeting. Menlo Park is a safe and humane community that should not vilify immigrants as criminals. Taking action to keep families together, fostering community and embracing opportunity for all should be part of our core values that will enable all members of this small Silicon Valley town to thrive.
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>> Our dynamic city services, community-building programs, leading schools, global technology companies and emerging downtown are all threatened by the current Trump Administration’s Immigration Policies/Orders and discriminatory rhetoric. In response, our City Council should sign the amicus brief and implement, and further encourage our County to also consider, sanctuary policies that disentangle local criminal justice systems from immigration enforcement, limit data-sharing with federal immigration authorities and ensure legal representation for immigrants facing deportation. Aside from these defense strategies to ensure we are safeguarding all residents of this great City, we request our Council consider designating Menlo Park a Freedom City, as defined by the American Civil Liberties Union, and adopt the model law enforcement policies and rules available at peoplepower.org
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>> The 115, and growing, members of MidPenSolSun are part of a nationwide resistance network working for peace, justice and equity and thank you for your consideration of these key actions to institute protections that promote dignity for all of our community members in a time of intense discrimination and acknowledge Menlo Park as a City willing to resist federal level policies that jeopardize the safety, security, and livelihood of its residents.
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>> Sincerely – Erin Cooke & Annie Ray, Co-Organizers Mid-Peninsula Solidarity Sundays
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Received on Tue Mar 14 2017 - 17:33:03 PDT

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