The Bloomington City Council will vote on an initiative to pursue the Welcoming Cities Ordinance at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, 1/19 at 6pm.
While this is not a vote on enactment of the ordinance, it is a vote on whether or not the city will pursue introduction of the ordinance for a vote at the next Bloomington City Council meeting.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
CALL AND EMAIL THE BLOOMINGTON CITY COUNCIL & TELL THEM: “SUPPORT THE WELCOMING CITIES ORDINANCE PROPOSED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS CARRILLO AND CRABILL”
SIGN UP TO SPEAK BY PHONE DURING PUBLIC COMMENT BY TUESDAY AT 5:45 PM.
For over two years, a broad representation of local faith groups and civil rights organizations, as well as hundreds of outspoken residents, have publicly called for the Bloomington City Council to enact a Welcoming Cities Ordinance. Our call for action was met with indefinite delay by the last council, and now an attempt at substitution by way of the current council’s recent passage of a false solution known as “Welcoming America”.
If our city is to deem itself “welcoming”, not only in name, but in deed, and if our elected officials are to truly uphold the values that represent the best of our community, we must hold them accountable to provide for all of our neighbors, regardless of citizenship status, and to truly protect our immigrant neighbors from the terror of ICE.
That is why the members of Bloomington-Normal Democratic Socialists of America call on our community to support the introduction of a Welcoming City ordinance, as proposed by our champions on the council, that include the provisions outlined below.
The proposed Welcoming Cities ordinance will prohibit the following actions (unless they are required by state or federal law):
(1) the use of any municipal resources for any immigration enforcement activity;
(2) any collaboration or communication between City staff and immigration enforcement agencies;
(3) any City employee from inquiring about a person’s immigration status, or collecting said information;
(4) any municipal benefits from being denied to residents on the basis of immigration status; and
(5) the City from entering into Section 287(g) agreements or voluntary federal registry programs based on
religion or immigration status.
Additionally, the ordinance would:
(6) require appropriate City staff to consider requests for certification for U-visas;
(7) require the City to review and modify any City documents or forms to eliminate any inquiry of immigration status or social security number, unless legally required;
(8) instruct Bloomington Police officers to consider the risk of deportation when exercising discretion to arrest