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Please pass the Sanctuary City Ordinance This Evening

From: domainremoved <Anjuli>
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:28:53 -0700

Dear Menlo Park Council Members,

I am writing to thank you for filing an amicus brief in support of Santa
Clara County's lawsuit against the executive order withholding federal
funds from sanctuary cities.

I hope that you will continue to stand by that position and pass Menlo
Park's Sanctuary City ordinance at this evening's City Council meeting.
Menlo Park is an important community. In addition to being my home today,
Menlo Park is the place that my immigrant dad brought me home to, several
years before he became a US citizen.

Local agencies and institutions, whether law enforcement, schools, or
medical facilities should be able to focus on their good work in our
community, without distraction or outside influence. A Sanctuary City
ordinance will enable our city agencies to engage the local community
fully, and be singularly focused on public safety, education, and community
services in Menlo Park.

One of the nearest schools to my home serves many immigrant families on the
101 corridor in Menlo Park. A Sanctuary City ordinance will make a
statement to those families that our community supports them. It is
important that we encourage immigrant parents to stay involved in their
children's education, without worry that local officials will question them
on their immigration status. It's important that all students feel that
they have equal rights to education in our city.

There are serious risks of co-mingling immigration enforcement with local
police responsibilities. A 2013 study
<http://www.politifact.com/california/statements/2017/feb/24/kamala-harris/mostly-true-latinos-40-percent-less-likely-call-po/>
of Latino respondents showed that 40% to 50% of respondents were hesitant
to contact police if they were the victim of a crime, out of fear of being
questioned about immigration status. You are likely aware that in Santa
Cruz this spring, a Homeland Security "gang" raid, supported by local
police, led to immigrants being detained on suspicion of being
undocumented. A Sanctuary City ordinance will empower our local law
enforcement officials to focus on our needs (without federal immigration
distractions) and to build strong and trusting relationships with everyone
in Menlo Park.

In the current administration, many federal agencies are taking the
treacherous path of racially profiling and even raiding immigrant
communities. Our city will be more safe and our services more effective if
we formally separate ourselves from federal immigration activities.

I hope you will pass Menlo Park's Sanctuary City Ordinance.

Best,
Anjuli Gupta


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M: +1 617 910 7915, Skype: anjuli.gupta
Received on Tue Apr 18 2017 - 09:34:57 PDT

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