Ensure Portland is safe for immigrant residents
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We must not stand by silently, while our neighbors fear for their safety.
Since Trump signed an executive order suspending immigration from 7 Muslim majority nations, cities around the country including Cincinnati, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Columbus, and Philadelphia, have committed to protecting immigrant residents. Portland must join that number.
Sign this petition encouraging Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling to make Portland safe for our immigrant neighbors.
City ordinance currently instructs local law enforcement to work with agencies such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This would mean that, under Trump's beefed up deportation plan, local law enforcement would cooperate in the expulsion of undocumented people.
Maintaining a separation between federal immigration authorities and police is important if local authorities are to keep the trust of immigrant communities in Maine, says Susan Roche, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project.
“We would want to see our local authorities stand up against any federal attempts to force [police] to become federal immigration officers,” she said.
By standing up now and pledging to protect Portland’s immigrant population, Mayor Ethan Strimling can assure our undocumented neighbors that they are safe in our city, and that Portland will not be party to mass deportation fueled by hate and baseless fears.
Sign now and urge Portland’s city council to follow the lead of other cities around the nation and ensure that protections are in place for immigrant residents.
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