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From: domainremoved <Barbara>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:48:01 +0000 (UTC)

Dear Honorable Mayor and Menlo Park City Council:  As a member of the Solidarity Sundays Mid-Peninsula Chapter, based in Menlo Park, I am writing 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.   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  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.   Sincerely – Barbara Burgelin                    Menlo Park




Received on Tue Mar 14 2017 - 13:53:34 PDT

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