Designate Pittsburgh a "Sanctuary City" to protect emergent threats to immigrants
In light of the recent election many populations will find themselves vulnerable under the incoming administration. Among the most vulnerable are residents among the immigrant population. Providing safe, urban spaces for undocumented immigrants to access resources to become documented residents will become increasingly important. Many in the incoming administration under President-Elect Trump's guidance would support prosecuting undocumented immigrants only on the basis of their citizenship status.
Moving Pittsburgh to join the ranks of U.S. cities officially declared as "Sanctuary Cities" provides a stronger network of safe spaces for immigrant populations and allows Pittsburgh to stand in solidarity with metropolitan regions across the nation.
While we respect that Pittsburgh has operated as a de facto Sanctuary City under this administration in particular, we ask that Mayor Peduto, with the support of his Council, and the constituents here, take the necessary actions to make this an official stance. President-Elect Trump has vowed to cut all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities within his first 100 days in office, an egregious claim that wrongfully targets urban inhabitants.
We are in full support of making a stand against this heinous injustice and respectfully request immediate action.
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