Kingston: Pass an Access Without Fear policy! Become a Sanctuary City!
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Several Canadian cities have adopted Access Without Fear policies and proclaimed themselves Sanctuary Cities. Most recently Montreal, London, Hamilton, and Toronto have passed such motions unanimously. We are petitioning that the City of Kingston similarly adopt an Access without Fear policy and become a Sanctuary City.
Sanctuary Cities ensure that all residents can access municipal services with dignity and without fear of deportation. Sanctuary Cities ensure that municipal staff and the general public understand the frontline role cities have in welcoming all residents to our community.
An Access Without Fear policy for the City of Kingston would make city services available to all residents, regardless of their immigration status, and without the threat of being reported to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). An Access without Fear policy would include the following provisions:
- Municipal services provided to all residents regardless of their immigration status,
- City staff delivering municipal services prioritizing dignity by not inquiring about nor keeping records pertaining to a person’s immigration status,
- City staff not contacting the police or CBSA regarding someone’s immigration status.
An Access without Fear policy would foster a humane, welcoming, and supportive community for all residents of Kingston, making our community safer, healthier and stronger.
We believe that all local residents should have access to basic municipal services without fear of deportation. We support the Kingston City Council in adopting an Access Without Fear policy and proclaiming itself a Sanctuary City.
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