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Petition to Langley City Council

Pass an Inclusive City Ordinance in Langley, WA

Let's pass an Inclusive City ordinance and make Langley a safe place for all our residents  In the context of the current presidential administration, it is more important than ever that we come together as a community to protect the most vulnerable among us.  What is an Inclusive City? An Inclusive City is a place where local government officials do not turn over information about a person's immigration status to the Federal government, unless a criminal case is underway. In Inclusive towns and counties, diversity is honored; City staff do not ask about a resident's immigration, LGBTQ or religious status when they apply for permits, business licenses, assistance with childcare, or other services. Many places have been inclusive for many years, and others have passed ordinances since the election of Donald Trump in an effort to protect law-abiding undocumented people in their communities. Some cities have added religious groups into their ordinances because of the Trump administration's threats to create a registry of Muslim Americans.  Why do we need an ordinance? An ordinance is the strongest, most protective solution available to our community. An ordinance builds protections into the City's municipal code, and must be followed by all decision-makers. A resolution does not have the same authority. Inclusive protections for undocumented people--and for anyone targeted on the basis of their religion, nationality or ethnicity--will become part of our town's legal framework once an ordinance is passed. We are proposing an Inclusive City ordinance rather than a Sanctuary City ordinance because an Inclusive City ordinance includes all the protections of a Sanctuary City ordinance plus strong protections for persons of all religions. In becoming an Inclusive City, Langley would codify its answer to the question: what will we do when asked by the Federal government to collect and turn over information about people based on their immigration status, LGBTQ status, or religious affiliation? **IMPORTANT NOTE TO LANGLEY RESIDENTS: If you live within the city limits of Langley, please note that in the comments.**

Natasha Dworkin
334 supporters