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Please vote Yes tonight to join the Amicus Brief

From: Slocum, Gail (LAW) <"Slocum,>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 01:23:08 +0000

RE: Please vote Yes on Agenda Item I1 to Join the Amicus Brief
Honorable City Councilmembers:
Greetings. I hope you are enjoying the beautiful spring.
I write to urge you to vote "Yes" on Agenda Item I1 tonight, and have Menlo Park join as one of the many cities and counties listed in the amicus brief being drafted by The law firm of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP.

* This Amicus Brief will support of two very important lawsuits challenging the Trump Administration's January 25, 2017 Executive Order setting forth the new administration's unprecedented policy of withholding funds from cities and counties whose law enforcement officers do not turn over undocumented immigrants and refugees to Immigration officials (ICE). The Executive Order, among other things, provides the Attorney General with unfettered and unreviewable discretion to take enforcement action against any jurisdiction that "hinders" enforcement of federal law. This is wrong, and violates State and Local Government rights in ways that must be resisted. The Amicus Brief is one proper way for us to go do so. We must stand up for the rights of cities and counties as well as the civil rights of all our people.

* Not only is it wrong for President Trump to try to bully cities and counties law enforcement officials in this way, but, if there is not a strong unified challenge, it might cause some cities and counties to cave in to this pressure.

o If that happens, it would be harmful to law enforcement officers' relationship with our whole community, and could cause undocumented immigrant workers and refugees in our community to "go underground," or might make all citizens less likely to cooperate with the police.

o The evidence is strong that in so-called "sanctuary cities," there is lower crime and better community connectivity.

o This legal brief will properly defend cities' and counties' rights to self-determination. Our police should not be required to do immigration enforcement. Period.

* An equally important reason to join this amicus brief is to protect the civil rights of all. The current onslaught of Executive Orders from Washington seeks to undermine hard-fought civil rights and the very Constitution on which our nation was founded. We must stand up and be counted as being part of the checks and balances that resist this erosion of the institutions that have served our country so well for so long.
Thank you for taking this simple action in this important effort. Please vote yes tonight to authorize our esteemed Mayor to sign the Amicus Brief when it is completed so Menlo Park is on record as opposing this misguided, unfounded and harmful Executive Order.
Gail Slocum, Former Mayor, 205 Pope Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025 - 415 515 2892
Received on Tue Mar 14 2017 - 18:25:39 PDT

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