Make South Orange a Sanctuary City! Stand Up for Immigrants!
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Dear South Orange Board of Trustees: Protect ALL Immigrants and Declare South Orange a Sanctuary City! #SouthOrangeSanctuary
Immigrants, especially those who are Muslim and those who are undocumented, are under attack. It is time to declare America’s cities, towns and villages sanctuaries of safety. Our local government and police force should not do the work of carrying out immoral and unconstitutional federal policies. State and local governments may not be commandeered by federal agencies for unlawful purposes.
We stand in solidarity with our immigrant communities - both documented and undocumented - and urge the South Orange Board of Trustees to DECLARE the Township of South Orange Village, New Jersey a SANCTUARY CITY. We encourage our Village leadership to commit to doing everything in their power to create and maintain sanctuary status and protect our residents, both documented and undocumented.
Donald Trump has stated that he will begin deporting millions of immigrants. He stated that in the first 100 days in office he would cancel DACA, a program that provides undocumented youth with work permits and protection from deportation. Executive orders now ban many immigrants, including refugees, from travelling to the U.S. from several predominantly Muslim nations. Additionally, the federal government threatened to pull out of NAFTA, which leaves numerous community members here on TN visas unsure of whether they will be able to renew their current visas.
These actions and statements combine to create a climate of fear where the forces of hatred, ignorance, and Islamophobia gain ground. We can help to change the tide and ensure the safety and security of our immigrant communities by making a strong statement at a local level.
As a Sanctuary City**, South Orange will commit to restricting local police from turning immigrants over to federal immigration agents and will declare in no uncertain terms that IMMIGRANTS ARE WELCOME HERE. South Orange will also ensure that no benefit or service (including but not limited to the use of parks, libraries, and other recreational facilities) will ever be denied on the basis of citizenship status, immigration status, race, religion, or national origin. Without these protections, immigrants are left vulnerable to racial profiling, detention and deportation. Law enforcement itself is grossly impeded when persons are afraid to turn to their government for help.
We salute the mayors of cities like Newark, Maplewood, East Orange, Jersey City, Princeton, New York City, and hundreds more who have been quick to stand in solidarity with their immigrant communities and pass similar legislation.
We have the power to make our town safe and secure and welcoming for all!
No Hate! No Fear! Immigrants are Welcome Here!
SOMA ACTION (www.SOMAAction.org is a group of friends and neighbors in South Orange and Maplewood who share an interest in resistance to the Trump Agenda and the broader right-wing agenda for the United States. We have grown quickly to over 550 members. We are committed to working together at a local level to mobilize rapidly against the threats that the Trump administration poses to our democracy.
**Sanctuary cities and towns serve as safe havens by protecting both documented and undocumented immigrants from unwarranted police interrogation and deportation by federal agents. The sanctuary movement began in the 1980s, gaining popularity when unfair federal immigration policies began targeting and deporting immigrants arrested for minor, nonviolent crimes. By limiting the interaction between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) and local law enforcement, sanctuary cities prevent thousands of people from being removed from their homes and deported each year. The policies also effectively improve community safety by encouraging communication between undocumented immigrants and local law enforcement. Providing security enables undocumented immigrants to report crime and serve as witnesses in court. Notably, sanctuary cities do not prevent ICE officials from deporting violent offenders.
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