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Old 03-31-2017, 12:49 PM
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Default Immigration Toolkit - municipalities

Municipalities are struggling with the immigration policies put together in the new administration. Since those policies fly in the face of how some cities have decided to respond to immigration issues, they have acted to put into place policies that help maintain an immigrant environment that reflects the needs of their populace, including immigrants. This is a reminder that immigration isn't just a personal issue - it is a societal issue. If you do not want your city to reflect trump's immigration stance, here's a paper detailing what some sanctuary cities have done. You can advocate for similar policies. The more we all speak out, as individuals as well as communities, the sooner our cities will reflect our beliefs by implementing policies that reflect those beliefs, including where our cities and states should be spending money.

From the paper, "Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, the plight of immigrant communities in the United
States has become dire. The new administration has already taken steps to radically increase the speed and scale of deportations while signi cantly expanding the power of immigration enforcement agencies. In the face of these threats, a large and growing movement of advocates, organizers and local governments are developing strategies to support their immigrant communities. These efforts are building on the longstanding work by local elected of cials and advocates to advance policies that include and protect immigrants. Many jurisdictions around the country have passed policies to stop the federal government from co-opting local resources for the enforcement of immigration law— these localities have come to be known as sanctuary cities (or counties). It is clear this exercise of local power will be more vital than ever in the coming months and years. This toolkit is designed to help policymakers, at the local level, who wish to create or further strengthen sanctuary style laws and policies. The policy guidance in this toolkit is directly informed by the important lessons of cities and counties who have lead these efforts to date."


Remember, immigration isn't just the binary of legal and illegal immigrant. We are also talking people in the process of becoming citizens who are swept up by racial profiling, fear of loss of status and deportation by attempting to obtain services they have a right to, and other issues. But, people have the ability to change policy locally and state wide until we get a more rational federal immigration policy in place.
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The ACLU also has detailed guidance with a nine-point model policy to protect due process.
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Yep, and the ACLU contributed to the paper posted above. Further, it was linked to as THE toolkit by one of my email lists.

Here's the thing - people want to know what they can do to help - this is help. They can call and write local legislators and have them adopt these provisions, provisions that will do more than protect due process. They can volunteer, they can petition, and they can endorse. It's not like people have to start from scratch - there are kits out there that demonstrate how this can be done.
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