Urging The State of Ohio Governor-John Kasich to make Ohio a Sanctuary State.

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Offered by:   COUNCILPERSON MOSLEY-SAMPLES    

This resolution is only a resolution (a request) 

Urging Governor John R. Kasich declare Ohio a sanctuary state and to call for and sign legislation encouraging localities to act as sanctuary cities; and declaring an emergency.

 the United States of America was founded by those seeking the opportunity for a better life; and

  the United States of America was founded by those seeking safety from oppression; and

 the United States of America has and continues to be a nation of immigrants; and

 the current immigration policies of the government of the United States of America divide families; and

 the current immigration policies of the government of the United States of America impose significant costs on state and local governments; and

 enforcement of federal immigration laws is the prerogative of federal enforcement agencies, not local law enforcement agencies; and

 many cities across the country, including Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle, have declared themselves to be sanctuary cities; and

 cities in Ohio, such as Cincinnati, Oberlin, Dayton, and Lorain, have declared themselves to be sanctuary cities; and

  studies have shown that cities that have declared themselves sanctuary cities or otherwise implemented policies that do not unduly target the immigrant population have experienced a reduction in crime; and studies have shown that the implementation of sanctuary policies improve the trust and the relationship between the immigrant population and law enforcement offices, resulting in a better environment for all residents of the cities; and

 the threat of deportation or prosecution for no reason other than immigration status may discourage residents without legal immigration status or who have family members or friends without legal immigration status from reporting crimes or injuries, cooperating in investigations, seeking opportunities for their children living in this community, or summoning help when needed; and

 federal law does not require local law enforcement or other local service providers to inquire into an individual’s immigration status or to respond to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests so the principles of sanctuary cities are not inconsistent with federal law; and

 sanctuary policies do not impede or obstruct the arrest, prosecution, or deportation of immigrant fugitives or violent offenders; and

 immigrants have been, are, and continue to be vital, contributing members of the City of Akron and the State of Ohio.

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:

 Section 1.        That Council hereby urges Governor John R. Kasich to declare Ohio to be a sanctuary state and to call for and sign legislation encouraging localities to act as sanctuary cities.

 Section 2.        That the Clerk of Council be and is hereby directed to send a copy of this resolution to Governor John R. Kasich.

 Section 3.        That this resolution is hereby declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of public peace, health, safety and economic welfare for the reason that it is necessary to protect residents of the City of Akron from overly burdensome immigration policies of the government of the United States of America, and effective treatments, and provided this resolution receives the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members elected or appointed to Council, it shall take effect and be in force immediately upon its passage and approval by the Mayor; otherwise, it shall take effect and be in force at the earliest time allowed by law.



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