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City Reaffirms “Sanctuary City” Status During Monday’s Council Meeting

Councilmembers Gordo and Madison ask for more complete discussion in light of possible immigration actions by incoming federal administration

Published on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 6:29 am
 

Reacting to a comment from resident Emanuel Najera during the public comment section of Monday’s meeting, the Pasadena City Council reaffirmed its status as a “sanctuary city” for immigrants.

City Manager Steve Mermell, emphasizing the point, read aloud the City’s official statement on immigration and its undocumented population.

“The City of Pasadena strongly believes that immigrants strengthen the community economically and culturally, and welcomes their contributions to society,” Mermell said, reading the statement. ” With regard to federal legislation aimed at reforming federal immigration laws, the City would urge Congress and the President to reaffirm that addressing unlawful immigration in a compassionate manner is the primary responsibility of the federal government, and that sufficient resources must be committed on the federal level for this purpose.

Mermell continued, “In a resolution adopted by the City Council in October 2013, the City of Pasadena hereby supports a humane and comprehensive immigration reform proposal with the following principles: provides an attainable and affordable pathway to full citizenship for the nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States; family unity as a cornerstone of our immigration system; provides due process and labor protections; allows access to key essential services such as health care; and local governments should not be mandated to enforce federal immigration laws, particularly when resources necessary to enforce local laws are already stretched.”

Both Councilmembers Victor Gordo and Steve Madison asked the Mayor and full Council to consider agendizing the item for a upcoming meeting for a complete discussion, in light of concerns as to how the incoming Trump administration’s policies might affect Pasadena.

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