Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Duncan Hunter, Pat Toomey, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State
President must sue Sanctuary cities & California, arrest the Mayors & withhold ALL funds!
President Donald J. Trump, with help from Congress, should sue “Sanctuary” cities and The State of California for using taxpayer dollars in shielding undocumented immigrants, immediately withhold all federal funds from sanctuary cities, and the entire state of California, and arrest the mayors of those towns. We The People ask that; The President of the United States (Donald J. Trump), The United States Senate, House of Representatives, The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), The Department of Homeland Security, The Department of State, The Department of Treasury, The Department of Defense, The Department of Labor, The Department of Health and Human Services, The Department of Commerce, The Department of Interior, The Department of Justice, The Department of Education, and The Department of Energy; to file a lawsuit against all Sanctuary Cities, and The State of California for using United States taxpayer dollars to fund criminal illegal aliens. Taxpayer dollars are going to pay for healthcare, jail costs, welfare, public defenders, Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, and so forth, for illegal immigrants. The State of California and all Sanctuary Cities must be brought to account for aiding and abetting criminal illegal immigrants in avoiding detection and deportation by breaking federal law and not reporting the arrest of unlawful criminals to The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We demand that California put an end to Americans being killed by people who were never supposed to be in this country to begin with! We call on the President to hold mayors of so-called sanctuary cities "criminally culpable" for crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in their cities. Sanctuary cities like San Francisco often do not honor federal authorities' requests to hold undocumented immigrants in custody so they can be deported. Immediately arrest the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, and City Council and make them criminally culpable. Those mayors should also be liable for civil damages, and if the prosecutor isn't taking action, allow families to go to court and sue them civilly as well to recover damages. We need to immediately institute a "partners in crime" plan to hold city officials accountable for the crimes of undocumented immigrants in their cities. The plan calls for Congress to pass legislation that would make city officials "an accessory" to those crimes and give victims' families standing to sue. The Federal Government must immediately withhold all funds to “sanctuary cities”, as well as the entire state of California. Policies -- which are intended to reassure undocumented immigrants that they or their loved ones won't be deported for reporting a crime or calling the police -- must be criminalized, and Mayors of sanctuary cities held accountable. It is essential that we begin cracking down on the sanctuary cities. It makes no sense for these mayors, these local politicians, to be able to ignore the law and choose which ones they want to enforce. The sanctuary city policy is a clear obstruction of justice and for officials to destroy personal data collected from the program. Howard Safir, who served as police commissioner from 1996-2000, said it was dangerous for cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco to act as "sanctuary cities. They’re not only endangering the rest of us, but they’re endangering the other immigrants in the country and all of our citizens.” “It is horrific," Safir said. "We have federal laws… and when mayors of cities flaunt that, I believe they are committing crimes.” Reports estimate the annual costs of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level to be about $113 billion; nearly $29 billion at the federal level and $84 billion at the state and local level. The study also estimates tax collections from illegal alien workers, both those in the above-ground economy and those in the underground economy. Those receipts do not come close to the level of expenditures and, in any case, are misleading as an offset because over time unemployed and underemployed U.S. workers would replace illegal alien workers. Key Findings Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs — some $84 billion — are absorbed by state and local governments.The annual outlay that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers is an average amount per native-headed household of $1,117. The fiscal impact per household varies considerably because the greatest share of the burden falls on state and local taxpayers whose burden depends on the size of the illegal alien population in that localityEducation for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest cost to taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion. Nearly all of those costs are absorbed by state and local governments.At the federal level, about one-third of outlays are matched by tax collections from illegal aliens. At the state and local level, an average of less than 5 percent of the public costs associated with illegal immigration is recouped through taxes collected from illegal aliens.Most illegal aliens do not pay income taxes. Among those who do, much of the revenues collected are refunded to the illegal aliens when they file tax returns. Many are also claiming tax credits resulting in payments from the U.S. Treasury. With many state budgets in deficit, policymakers have an obligation to look for ways to reduce the fiscal burden of illegal migration. California, facing a budget deficit of $14.4 billion in 2010-2011, is hit with an estimated $21.8 billion in annual expenditures on illegal aliens. New York’s $6.8 billion deficit is smaller than its $9.5 billion in yearly illegal alien costs. Sanctuary cities are not officially or legally recognized, but municipalities in California and other parts of the country have vowed not to uphold immigration laws by not recognizing the status of illegal aliens when they are arrested for minor crimes. The premise of “sanctuary” is that reporting an immigrant’s illegal status to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials “could serve to cripple trust between police officers and minority communities, a bond that already has been tested by increased scrutiny regarding police shootings around the country.” However, this theory has been debunked by law enforcement experts. Santa Clara County, California reportedly receives almost 70% of its annual operating budget from federal funding, and taxpayers fund that county’s public health department to the tune of approximately $40 million. Illegal immigrants pose large fiscal costs for U.S. taxpayers. The Government provides four types of benefits and services that are relevant to this issue: Direct benefits. These include Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.Means-tested welfare benefits. There are over 80 of these programs which, at a cost of nearly $900 billion per year, provide cash, food, housing, medical, and other services to roughly 100 million low-income Americans. Major programs include Medicaid, food stamps, the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit, public housing, Supplemental Security Income, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.Public education. At a cost of $12,300 per pupil per year, these services are largely free or heavily subsidized for low-income parents.Population-based services. Police, fire, highways, parks, and similar services, as the National Academy of Sciences determined in its study of the fiscal costs of immigration, generally have to expand as new immigrants enter a community; someone has to bear the cost of that expansion. The cost of these governmental services is far larger than many people imagine. For example, in 2010, the average U.S. household received $31,584 in government benefits and services in these four categories. The governmental system is highly redistributive. Well-educated households tend to be net tax contributors: The taxes they pay exceed the direct and means-tested benefits, education, and population-based services they receive. For example, in 2010, in the whole U.S. population, households with college-educated heads, on average, received $24,839 in government benefits while paying $54,089 in taxes. The average college-educated household thus generated a fiscal surplus of $29,250 that government used to finance benefits for other households. Other households are net tax consumers: The benefits they receive exceed the taxes they pay. These households generate a “fiscal deficit” that must be financed by taxes from other households or by government borrowing. For example, in 2010, in the U.S. population as a whole, households headed by persons without a high school degree, on average, received $46,582 in government benefits while paying only $11,469 in taxes. This generated an average fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of $35,113. The high deficits of poorly educated households are important in the immigration debate because the typical unlawful immigrant has only a 10th-grade education. Half of unlawful immigrant households are headed by an individual with less than a high school degree, and another 25 percent of household heads have only a high school degree. Some argue that the deficit figures for poorly educated families in the general population are not relevant for immigrants. Many believe, for example, that lawful immigrants use little welfare. In reality, lawful immigrant households receive significantly more welfare, on average, than U.S.-born households. Overall, the fiscal deficits or surpluses for lawful immigrant households are the same as or higher than those for U.S.-born households with the same education level. Poorly educated families, whether immigrant or U.S.-born, receive far more in government benefits than they pay in taxes. In contrast to lawful immigrants, unlawful immigrants at present do not have access to means-tested welfare, Social Security, or Medicare. This does not mean, however, that they do not receive government benefits and services. Children in unlawful immigrant households receive a heavily subsidized public education. Many unlawful immigrants have U.S.-born children; these children are currently eligible for the full range of government welfare and medical benefits. Also, of course, when illegal immigrants live in a community, they use roads, parks, sewers, police, and fire protection; these services must expand to cover the added population, or there will be “congestion” effects that lead to a decline in service quality. In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes. This generated an average annual fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of around $14,387 per household. This cost had to be borne by U.S. taxpayers. Unlawful households have access to over 80 means-tested welfare programs, Obamacare, Social Security, and Medicare. Causing the fiscal deficit for each household to soar. Americans bear an enormous fiscal burden as a result of California's illegal alien population estimated at almost 4 million residents. The annual expenditure of state and local tax dollars on services for that population is $25.3 billion. That total amounts to a yearly burden of about $3,370 for a household headed by a U.S. citizen. Nearly half of those expenditures ($12.3 billion) result from the costs of K-12 education for the children of illegal aliens — both those illegally in the country and those born in the United States. Another significant outlay ($2.1 billion) results from the need to provide supplemental English language instruction to Limited English Proficient students, many of whom are children of illegal aliens. Together, these educational costs are 57.1 percent of total expenditures. Because some tax revenue is collected from the illegal alien population, we include an estimate of this revenue from sales, income, property and "sin" taxes. It should be kept in mind that the $3.5 billion in tax collections is not truly an offset to the fiscal costs, because similar, and likely greater, tax revenue would be collected if the same jobs were filled by legal workers. Voters want to see sanctuary cities punished, a new poll from Rasmussen Reports says. Since 32-year old Kate Steinle was murdered in San Francisco last week allegedly by an illegal alien, a new poll shows that voters want to see sanctuary cities be held accountable for not upholding federal immigration laws. According to Rasmussen’s national telephone survey, “Sixty-two percent (62%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. Justice Department should take legal action against cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants.” Only twenty-six percent of likely voters oppose such an action and twelve percent are undecided. In fact, fifty-eight percent think the federal government should cut off funds to cities that give safe haven to illegal aliens while thirty-two percent disagree. Rasmussen also points out, “Eighty-four percent (84%) of those who want the Justice Department to take legal action against sanctuary cities also favor a cut-off of all federal aid. Among voters opposed to legal action, 80% also oppose a funding cut-off.” This poll coincides another Rasmussen survey that shows that most voters agree with Republican presidential candidate and New York businessman Donald Trump—that illegal immigration increases crime. Prior Trump’s entry into the race in early May, Rasmussen found that seventy-seven percent of likely voters consider illegal immigration a serious problem in the United States. Sources: USAToday, fairus.org, amac.us, the Denver Post, CNN.com, MSNBC, state.gov, FOXNews.com, americanlookout.com, dailycaller.com, Rasmussen, DHS.gov.
Petition to Mayor Jim Gray, Lexington City Council
Make Lexington, Kentucky a Sanctuary City
As a direct consequence of the 2016 elections, the lives of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are more vulnerable than ever. Announcing his agenda for the first 100 days of office, President-elect Trump has promised to cancel the most substantial form of basic security they have. It is imperative that the city of Lexington protect our local families from upcoming deportation policies. In order to do so, we must act now by making Lexington a safe, sanctuary city. Sanctuary cities serve as safe havens by protecting our undocumented immigrants from deportation by Federal Agents. We can do this by limiting the liaison between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) and our local law enforcement - by calling upon our city police and other municipal employees to cease inquiring about a person’s immigration status in irrelevant matters. We also call for Lexington city officials to work together with immigrant rights leaders within the city to create a welcoming city for all of our community members. Sanctuary policies protect immigrant rights and build community-police relations by directing city employees not to notify the Federal Government of the presence of undocumented immigrants. Sanctuary cities leave immigration enforcement to the Federal Government so that their own local police force can concentrate on fighting crime. The policies of sanctuary cities effectively improve community safety by encouraging communication between undocumented immigrants and our local law enforcement. Providing security allows undocumented immigrants to report crime and serve as witnesses in court. Notably, sanctuary cities do not prevent ICE officials from deporting violent offenders. Sanctuary cities serve to improve public safety. Associating the police with immigration authorities undermines community trust of law enforcement by instilling fear in immigrant communities of coming forward to report crimes and cooperate with local law enforcement. Immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens; only 1.6% of immigrant men aged 18-39 are incarcerated, compared to 3.3% of men who were born here. Foremost, this policy is about justice. These are our neighbors who contribute to our community and our economy in many ways. The vast majority of Lexington's undocumented immigrants are hardworking, productive members of our city. We should affirm that America is primarily about the spirit of hard work in the pursuit of opportunity rather than legal status. In the face of harsh and inhumane immigration policy changes, we must stand up for our community, our safety, and the simple morality of not persecuting valuable members of our community for their lack of specific legal documentation. Many other cities have reaffirmed their commitment to sanctuary policies in the days following Trump’s election. Momentum is building. We must join these cities and overwhelmingly reject politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and xenophobia. Lexington must be a refuge of justice and opportunity for all of our people. Now is the time to take a firm stance in support of what is right. Now is the time for Lexington to join this movement. We the undersigned hereby ask Mayor Gray and the Lexington City Council to pass an ordinance officially making Lexington a sanctuary city. We call for the City of Lexington to cease using municipal funds or resources to enforce national immigration laws, which destroy and tear families apart each day. Como consecuencia directa de las elecciones de 2016, las vidas de inmigrantes indocumentados en los Estados Unidos son más vulnerables que nunca. Anunciar su agenda para los primeros 100 días de oficina, triunfo el Presidente electo ha prometido cancelar la forma más importante de seguridad básica que tienen. Es imprescindible que la ciudad de Lexington proteger nuestras familias locales de las políticas de deportación inminente. Para ello, debemos actuar ahora haciendo Lexington una ciudad segura, del Santuario. Las ciudades Santuario sirven como refugios seguros protegiendo nuestros inmigrantes indocumentados de la deportación por agentes federales. Podemos hacerlo limitando el enlace entre la Agencia de inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) y la policía local — llamando a nuestra policía de la ciudad y a otros empleados municipales a dejar de preguntar acerca del estatus migratorio de una persona en asuntos irrelevantes. Hacemos un llamado para que funcionarios de la ciudad de Lexington trabajar junto con líderes de los derechos de inmigrantes dentro de la ciudad para crear una ciudad acogedora para todos nuestros miembros de la comunidad. Políticas de Santuario protegen derechos de inmigrantes y construcción relaciones de comunidad-policía ordenando a empleados de la ciudad no para notificar al Gobierno Federal la presencia de inmigrantes indocumentados. Las ciudades Santuario dejan cumplimiento de inmigración al Gobierno Federal, para que su propia fuerza de policía local puede concentrarse en la lucha contra la delincuencia. Las políticas de las ciudades Santuario mejoran con eficacia la seguridad de la comunidad por favorecer la comunicación entre inmigrantes yla policía local. La seguridad permite que inmigrantes indocumentados Informe crimen y servir como testigos en la corte. En particular, las ciudades Santuario no impiden a funcionarios de ICE de deportar a los delincuentes violentos. Las ciudades Santuario sirven para mejorar la seguridad pública. Asociación de la policía con las autoridades de inmigración socava la confianza de la comunidad de aplicación de la ley por infundir miedo en las comunidades de inmigrantes de presentarse a denunciar delitos y cooperar con las autoridades locales. Los inmigrantes son menos propensos a cometer crímenes que los ciudadanos nativos; sólo el 1,6% de los hombres inmigrantes entre 18 y 39 años están encarcelado, en comparación con el 3,3% de los hombres que nacieron aquí. Esta política es ante todo, acerca de la justicia. Estos son nuestros vecinos que contribuyen a nuestra comunidad y nuestra economía de muchas maneras. La gran mayoría de los inmigrantes indocumentados de Lexington es trabajadores, miembros productivos de nuestra ciudad. Debemos afirmar que Estados Unidos es sobre todo el espíritu de trabajo en la búsqueda de la oportunidad, más que jurídica. Ante cambios de política de inmigración áspero e inhumano, debemos defendemos para nuestra comunidad, nuestra seguridad yla simple moral de no perseguir a miembros valiosos de nuestra comunidad por su falta de documentación legal específica. Muchas otras ciudades han reafirmado su compromiso con las políticas de Santuario en los días siguientes elecciones del triunfo. Impulso es la construcción. Debemos Únete a estas ciudades y rechazan abrumadoramente política alimentada por el rencor, la intolerancia yla xenofobia. Lexington debe ser un refugio de la justicia y oportunidad para todos de nuestro pueblo. Ahora es el momento de adoptar una posición firme en apoyo de lo que es correcto. Ahora es el momento de Lexington para unirse a este movimiento. Los abajo firmantes por este medio pedimos alcalde gris y el Consejo de la ciudad de Lexington para pasar una ordenanza que oficialmente Lexington una ciudad Santuario. Llamamos a la ciudad de Lexington, dejar de utilizar fondos municipales o recursos para hacer cumplir las leyes de inmigración, que destruirán y destruir a las familias cada día.
Petition to Shaker Heights City Council
Make Shaker Heights a Sanctuary City
As a group of Shaker Heights residents from diverse backgrounds, we are asking our City Council to join San Francisco, Cincinnati, Columbus, and dozens of other municipalities across the country by declaring Shaker Heights a Sanctuary City. The full text of this resolution can be found below. If you currently reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio, please join us in supporting this resolution by signing this petition and sharing it with your friends and neighbors. *** A resolution to ensure Shaker Heights remains a welcoming and inclusive city for all immigrants to live, work, or visit by declaring Shaker Heights a Sanctuary City; and requesting the Administration of Shaker Heights adopt policies that further the City’s role as a Sanctuary City. Whereas on Wednesday January 25, 2017, the President of the United States issued an Executive Order, announcing a massive expansion of interior immigration enforcement directing Department of Homeland Security personnel to arrest, apprehend, and initiate enforcement actions against “any alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe” has violated immigration laws; Whereas on Friday January 29, 2017, the President of the United States issued an Executive Order temporarily banning entry into the United States for migrants and legal residents of the United States from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya and Yemen, and for migrants and refugees from across the globe; Whereas these Executive Orders are anathema to our shared values as a nation of immigrants; Whereas in Shaker Heights, as in the United States, our success depends on making sure that all residents feel safe and welcome; Whereas Shaker Heights always has been and continues to be a welcoming city to everyone, including immigrants; Whereas the Shaker Heights City School District has a long and proud history of valuing and supporting diversity in its students and its teachings, committing to graduating students with a knowledge of a global and multicultural society; and Whereas this Council and the citizens of Shaker Heights understand that by recognizing the contributions all of us make to create a vibrant culture and a growing economy, we make our city, and our country, more prosperous and inclusive; now, therefore, be it Resolved, by the Shaker Heights City Council of Ohio, that: 1. the City of Shaker Heights declares itself to be a sanctuary city; 2. the City of Shaker Heights and its Police Department shall not stop, question, interrogate, investigate, or arrest an individual based solely on actual or suspected immigration or citizenship status; 3. the City of Shaker Heights and its Police Department shall not inquire about the immigration status of an individual, including a crime victim, a witness, or a person who calls or approaches the police seeking assistance, unless necessary to investigate criminal activity by that individual; 4. personnel of the City of Shaker Heights and its Police Department shall not inquire about or request proof of immigration status or citizenship when providing services or benefits, except where the receipt of such services or benefits are contingent upon one’s immigration or citizenship status or where inquiries are otherwise lawfully required by federal, state, or local laws; 5. the City of Shaker Heights and its Police Department shall limit the information collected from individuals concerning immigration or citizenship status to that necessary to perform department duties and shall prohibit the use or disclosure of such information in any manner that violates federal, state, or local law; 6. the City of Shaker Heights and its Police Department may not use city or department monies, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to investigate, enforce, or assist in the investigation or enforcement of any federal program requiring registration of individuals on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or national origin; 7. individuals in the custody of the Police Department of Shaker Heights shall be subject to the same booking, processing, release, and transfer procedures, policies, and practices of the department, regardless of actual or suspected citizenship or immigration status; 8. the Police Department of the City of Shaker Heights shall not perform the functions of a federal immigration officer or otherwise engage in the enforcement of federal immigration law; 9. the City of Shaker Heights and its Police Department shall refuse any request from a state or federal agency that is not accompanied by a judicial warrant to determine a resident’s or visitor’s immigration status solely for the purpose of enforcing federal immigration laws; and 10. the City of Shaker Heights and its Police Department shall refuse any requests that that are extensions of any federal immigration police enforcement actions and shall not enter into any agreements to carry out federal enforcement actions, but leave such actions to federal authorities.
Petition to Randall Horton
Make Russellville A Sanctuary City
We are asking that the mayor of Russellville, Arkansas, take the appropriate actions necessary to make Russellville a sanctuary city for immigrants, who contribute to our community and our economy as tax paying residents. This country has been successful because of its diversity and its acceptance of immigrants in the past. Immigrants in Russellville pay taxes, provide services, work hard, live normal lives, take care of their families, and want their children to receive the best education possible. They are not criminals, they are not rapists, they are not free loaders. They work jobs that no one else wants to work, and want a better life just like everyone else's ancestors when they came to America. No person is illegal. #SanctuaryinRussellville
Petition to Dublin City Council, David Haubert, Abe Gupta, Melissa Hernandez-Strah, Arun Goel, Don Biddle
Preserve Dublin, CA by upholding existing immigration laws
Statistics of criminal aliens released by sanctuary cities / 2014 Goal Summary :: Enforce existing immigration laws that have been passed by Congress since 1965 (with many provisions remaining from immigration laws passed in 1924 and 1952). Problem Summary :: Dublin, CA. is already a diverse, close-knit & family-oriented community. This measure to declare Dublin a sanctuary city attempts to address a non-existent issue but will create very real safety and financial issues that will have long reaching negative impacts to the citizens and legal immigrants in Dublin; a city that is already bursting at the seams, struggling with over-crowding and finding funds for critical services & infrastructure improvements. Solution Summary :: Please sign & share this petition. Please attend the city council meeting at the Dublin Civic Center on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at 7:00pm to urge our city council to respect & obey existing immigration laws. You may also download our physical petition and email it back to "firstname.lastname@example.org" or bring it to the city council meeting on March 7th. Request to Dublin City Council :: As government officials you took an oath to uphold laws....all laws...not just the ones you "feel" are correct. Police officers cannot pick and choose which laws they deemed worthy of enforcing and neither should a city council. A measure with such heavy & dire consequences for our citizens should not be decided upon by a mere 3 votes. Making Dublin a sanctuary city not only violates long existing immigration laws, we will also be in violation of 8 US Code 1324 and 8 US Code 1373 _________________________________"All Americans, not only in the States most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it." ~ Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States / State of the Union Address, 1995 ************************************************************** Greetings - If you've read this far without throwing something at your monitor...thank you kindly. Please allow me to relay a brief personal story. Sacrifice My Great-Grandfather, in his early 50's, came to America to escape Communism. He was a good and decent man. He owned several bakeries in his home town and at times if someone poor came in, he would give them something to eat, free of charge. When Communism took hold, they would drag him out of his store and bash his knees and shins with batons.My Great-Grandfather knew that if he stayed in a Communist country his future generations would not have a decent life. So he made the long grueling trek to America in hopes to obtain citizenship, which at the time was extremely difficult. He had a Wife, 3 Sons, 1 Daughter, and 8 Grandchildren. One of those Grandsons would eventually be my Father. As my Great-Grandfather became a US Citizen he was able to file paperwork to bring his family over. He dreamed of reuniting his family in a land where they could start over, build a better life, and keep it. He would never see his family in person again and died alone. Why? Because his family went through the immigration process, waited to come over and refused to break the law. By the time his family made it the shores of Hawaii, my Great-Grandfather had already passed away. Thanks to my Great-Grandfather's determination, work ethic, and sacrifice, at a time when he should be nearing retirement, my parents, siblings, and now our young families have a life that my Great-Grandfather always dreamed about. ************************************************************** My Great-Grandfather's story is not unique as many of my friends' families share a similar journey. Most recently, my friend Brandon from South Africa, who I've known for over decade, became a US Citizen in late January 2017. Over the course of the last decade, Brandon has had to go back to South Africa a handful of times, fill out countless forms, and patiently worked through our legal process. I know more immigrant families than non-immigrant families. And not a single person in my family, not a single family of my friends, despite our heartbreaking histories, support illegal immigration or sanctuary cities. Why? Because they came here to escape lands without laws and here we are slowly turning America into the same lawless land they've sacrificed so much to escape. ************************************************************** The Problem On February 7th, 2017, a measure was brought forth to turn Dublin, CA into a sanctuary city. This measure is attempting to solve a non-existent issue. Dublin, and by extension the Tri-Valley area, is a diverse, close-knit community that still holds family values, safety, good education, and hard work in high regard. My Wife and I have witnessed our community, made up of all nationalities, come together to help when a neighbor is in need. We've raised money, we've brought food, we've donated our time & talents, and countless other acts of goodness when a family is hurting. No one is being harassed. No one is being oppressed. No one is prevented from worshiping the religion of their choice. No one is being asked about their immigration status. So essentially we are creating a multitude of very real safety and financial issues in an attempt to address a non-existent problem. Regardless of where we started from, the one thing Dublin residents share in common is how hard we had to work and continue to work to afford to live in Dublin and the Tri-Valley. We do so because of the good schools, family-oriented environment, and safe neighborhoods. This sanctuary measure will erode the fabric of our city and create an environment that is the opposite of why we chose to raise our families here. The sanctuary city proposal rests on 2 false premises: False Premise #1: Community Policing It assumes that when local police works with federal law enforcement to enforce immigration laws then illegal immigrants would be less likely to be come forward to be witnesses to crimes and/or report crimes even when they are the victim; it assumes this will break the trust between officers and the community they serve. There is no evidence whatsoever to show that there is a decline in crime reporting by immigrants when there is cooperation between local law enforcement and ICE. In fact, an academic study was done a few years ago in Prince William, Virginia that when surveyed why an illegal immigrant didn't report a crime, the reasons whereas follows in specific order: Language barrier. Did not know how to report the crime. Did not know it was even a crime. These issues can be addressed by using tried and true, common sense community policing tactics such as hiring officers that speak the language of the community, anonymous tip lines, and community outreach programs to ensure that when you are an innocent victim or witness to a crime that you will be safe from immigration inquires. All that being said, even IF it were true that cooperation declined between illegal immigrants and local police, we can apply this to any crime. We should then turn a blind eye to burglary so that thieves would be more likely to report murders. It defies logic and creates a dangerous precedence. False Premise #2: The federal arm of law enforcement cannot compel/commandeer local officers to enforce federal laws "Compel" or "Commandeer" are gross misnomers. Federal officers do not "compel" local officers to assist with the terrorism task force, they do not "commandeer" local officers for the narcotics task force; it's called "cooperation". It is no different from Texas extraditing a Californian criminal back to California to stand trial; Texas is not "enforcing California laws", they are simply assisting in stopping criminals. While it is true that the federal government cannot "make" local law enforcement help with their work, the question is why would a city NOT want to fully cooperate with federal law enforcement to rid our city of illegal immigrants who commit crimes? ************************************************************** Financial concerns Real possibility of federal funding loss. Consider all the infrastructures and services we have in Dublin that depend on federal funding from prisons to section 8 housing to parks to schools. How would we make up the deficit? Higher taxes for Dublin residents? As a city we are already bursting at the seams with all the new housing. Are we really prepared to announce that we can take care of more illegal aliens? We JUST had to come to terms with the closure of our high school swimming pool because we could not afford to keep that open as well as the new water park. If we cannot even provide our high school with a swimming pool, why are we prepared to welcome more illegal aliens? In the future when we apply for federal grants, will it be more likely to be turned down? Will we again make up the shortage by increasing taxes for Dublin residents? All these real life scenarios are serious issues that will potentially impact the lives of all our citizens and their families. Once a city slowly loses its ability to invest in schools, roads/sidewalks, parks, libraries, and general infrastructures that enhance the quality of life, that is when a city starts its deterioration. As a result home values consistently declines and that is when solid, law abiding, tax paying families leave. ************************************************************** Honesty If we ever hope to have meaningful dialog and improve immigration protocols, we have to stop the dishonesty. It is extremely dishonest to label anyone "anti-immigration". I challenge anyone to name one policy or law maker at the local, state or federal level that is against immigration. No one is against immigration. That is simply absurd. People are against ILLEGAL immigration. This should not be a difficult distinction and we need to stop the disingenuous characterization. Laws are in place for a reason. If we choose to challenge/amend them then we do so by going through the proper channels. However, to encourage a city to ignore existing immigration laws is irresponsible, immoral, and a grave insult to my Great-Grandfather and all those millions of people like him who did it the right way. Let us focus our efforts to those who are here legally and help them get their citizenship faster, instead of encouraging more illegal immigration to our small city that we cannot possibly support. Thank you.~ Alvin Lui Vital Links Center of Immigration Studies / October 2015 FAIR - Sanctuary Polices Across the US / January 2017 ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report / December 2015 Evaluation Study of Prince William County's Illegal Immigration Enforcement Policy / Final Report 2010 Jails with the Most Rejected Detainers, 2014 Most Illegals Are Recent Arrivals between 2000 - 2015
Petition to The Mayor and Town Council
Unite to strengthen fair and welcoming policies for all West Orange residents
“Immigration enforcement now targets everyone present in the U.S. without authorization. [Anyone] can be detained if suspected just of being undocumented.” —Dr. Wayne Cornelius, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, emeritus, University of California-San Diego West Orange is a vibrant, diverse community and for over two hundred years we have welcomed migrants from all over the world. In the face of punitive federal immigration enforcement policies, which create a dragnet that threatens to sweep up people who seem different and tear families apart, we urge the adoption of strong policies to ensure that agents and employees of the town of West Orange: will NOT use township resources to enforce federal immigration law; will treat all individuals fairly and without discrimination based on actual or perceived immigration status; will protect the personal, confidential information of all West Orange residents by not maintaining sensitive information and not sharing information with federal immigration authorities; will adopt protocols for U-Visa certification so that undocumented victims of crime who have been helpful to local law enforcement may apply for protection under the immigration laws. We must seek to protect and defend the rights of all the hardworking residents of our town—we are all neighbors, we are colleagues, and we are fellow parents in our schools. We want all West Orange residents to feel they can participate without fear in the civic life of our community. No mandate exists that West Orange do the federal government’s work in the arena of immigration enforcement. As taxpayers, we want our township resources to be used to protect and strengthen our community, not to destabilize and damage it by contributing to detention and deportation. As residents concerned with public safety for all residents, we want a clear separation of immigration enforcement from municipal services so that all residents, including undocumented immigrants, can feel comfortable reporting crimes, serving as witnesses and using emergency services. It is essential that our community unite in continuing and strengthening fair and welcoming policies for all West Orange residents. --------------- West Orange es una comunidad vibrante y diversa y desde hace más de doscientos años hemos dado bienvenido a migrantes de todo el mundo. Frente a las políticas punitivas y duras de la inmigración federal que amenazan hacerles daño a las personas que parecen diferentes y desgarrar a las familias, queremos que hayan políticas fuertes para garantizar que los agentes y empleados del municipio de West Orange: NO utilizarán los recursos del municipio para hacer cumplir la ley federal de inmigración; tratarán a todos los individuos de manera justa y sin discriminación basada en el estatus migratorio real o percibido; protegerán la información personal y confidencial de todos los residentes de West Orange al no mantener información confidencial y no compartir información con las autoridades federales de inmigración; adoptarán protocolos para la certificación de la visa U para que las víctimas indocumentadas del crimen que han ayudado a la policía local pueden solicitar protección bajo las leyes de inmigración. Debemos proteger y defender los derechos de todos los residentes de nuestro municipio: todos somos vecinos, somos colegas y somos padres de familia en nuestras escuelas. Queremos que todos los residentes de West Orange sientan que pueden participar sin temor en la vida cívica de nuestra comunidad. No existe mandato ninguno de que West Orange haga el trabajo del gobierno federal en la esfera de la aplicación de la ley de inmigración. Como los que pagamos impuestos en este municipio, queremos que nuestros recursos municipales se utilicen para proteger y fortalecer a nuestra comunidad, no para desestabilizarla y dañarla contribuyendo a la detención y deportación. Como residentes preocupados por la seguridad pública de todos los residentes, queremos una separación clara de la aplicación de leyes de inmigración de los servicios municipales, para que todos los residentes, incluyendo a inmigrantes indocumentados, puedan sentirse cómodos denunciando crímenes, sirviendo como testigos y usando servicios de emergencia. Es esencial que nuestra comunidad se una para continuar y fortalecer políticas justas y de bienvenida para todos los residentes de West Orange.