Protecting Residents Against Misbegotten Attempts to Make Them Vanish.

By Merrill Ring

Many cities, large and small, across the country have been adopting various ordinances and resolutions making them so called ‘sanctuary cities’.  So have other public entities.  The title is poor:  no one is being provided sanctuary as it has been understood: a church preventing secular authorities from entering its precincts to apprehend some wanted person.  Rather what these various new mechanisms are doing is having the city (etc.) and its employees (chiefly police) not provide assistance to the Federal pursuit of purported illegal immigrants over and above what is legally required.  It is a version of the union tactic of ‘work to rule’ – do all and only what is required by your contract.  The Feds have been getting a freeby by having police and other city employees do their work for them.  That is what the movement is attempting to stop. 

The City of Claremont California passed the following resolution.  Notice it does not say ‘sanctuary’ anywhere.  Rather it emphasizes the maintenance of the historic values of the city with respect to those who live there.

The resolution is printed here in the hope that many other locales across the nation adopt something similar.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA, AFFIRMING THE CITY’S LONG-STANDING COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND SAFEGUARDING THE CIVIL RIGHTS, SAFETY AND DIGNITY OF ALL PEOPLE

 

WHEREAS, the Claremont City Council continues to recognize the importance of promoting an atmosphere of acceptance and respect in the community; and

WHEREAS, in 1996 the City established the Committee on Human Relations to promote improved human relations, civic peace, intergroup understanding, and the full acceptance of all persons in all aspects of community life; to actively promote a just and equitable intercultural society that fosters positive human relations; and to reduce and eventually eliminate intergroup violence, conflict, and tension, as well as discrimination, prejudice and stereotyping based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other arbitrary factor; and

WHEREAS, there has been a growing sense of uncertainty and fear among some people living in Claremont, the State of California, and across the Nation; and

WHEREAS, the City of Claremont wishes to assure the people of vulnerable groups that the City will do all it can to maintain their safety and improve their quality of life, and will not tolerate acts of hate, discrimination, bullying or harassment; and

WHEREAS, the City of Claremont is made up of diverse individuals, both native born and immigrants whose collective cultures, religions, backgrounds, orientations, abilities, and viewpoints join to form a highly pluralistic community which prides itself on being a place which welcomes persons and families of all walks of life; and

WHEREAS, many children who are native to the United States or are undocumented immigrants have been separated from their families by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency due to their parents’ or their personal immigration status; and

WHEREAS, the Claremont City Council in partnership with our local colleges, supports college and university presidents, including the presidents of Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Scripps College, and at least three hundred others across the country who are speaking out against harassment, hate and acts of violence, who in some cases have designated their campuses as sanctuaries, and who are calling for the continuation of the government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy; and

WHEREAS, consistent with the law and with City standard operating procedures, the Claremont Police Department does not conduct immigration enforcement raids, and does not question, detain or arrest individuals solely on the basis of their violating federal civil immigration laws; and

WHEREAS, the City of Claremont recognizes that federal civil immigration law is the sole responsibility of the federal government; and

WHEREAS, consistent with the law and with City standard operating procedures, the Claremont Police Department does provide proactive, effective, and professional law enforcement services for our community to keep all of our residents safe; and

WHEREAS, the Claremont City Council wishes to declare that Claremont is a safe place for all people.

NOW THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CLAREMONT DOES HEREBY RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

 

SECTION 1. The Claremont City Council calls upon all City residents and all City Departments and employees to speak out against acts of bullying, discrimination, hate and violence, and to stand up for those who may be the subject of targeted acts.

SECTION 2. The Claremont City Council calls upon all City residents and City Departments and employees to work to create a just and equitable intercultural society that fosters positive human relations; and to reduce and eventually eliminate intergroup violence, conflict, tension, discrimination, prejudice, and stereotyping based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other arbitrary factor.

SECTION 3. City of Claremont officials, including its law enforcement officers, will continue the practice of not enforcing federal immigration law which is the exclusive authority of the federal government.

SECTION 4. City of Claremont officials, including its law enforcement officers, will continue the practice of taking no direct action against an individual solely because of his or her immigration status.

SECTION 5. Nothing in this Resolution shall be construed or implemented to conflict with any obligation imposed by federal law.

SECTION 6. The Mayor shall sign and the City Clerk Shall attest to the passage of this Resolution.

PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED this 24th day of January, 2017.

Mayor, City of Claremont

ATTEST:

City Clerk, City of Claremont

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

City Attorney, City of Claremont