City Council Votes Unanimously to Declare Boulder a Sanctuary City: January 3, 2017
What is a Sanctuary City and why is this important to our community?
Sanctuary city is a name given to a city in the United States that follows certain procedures that shelters illegal immigrants. The term most commonly is used for cities that do not permit municipal funds or resources to be applied in furtherance of enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Information from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center:
In Boulder this means City employees also are formally forbidden from cooperating with federal authorities with regard to any investigation of a person’s immigration status. City officials (such as police) will not be allowed to prompt or assist in Immigration and Customs Enforcement searches.
Essentially Boulder has been acting in this way and was unofficially considered a Sanctuary City before this vote, but Council acted to make it official in order to send a clear message of reassurance to the people, before the inauguration on January 20th, 2017.
Boulder is a liberal city with a long history of protecting it’s people – folks of all ethnicities, nationalities, religious persuasion, sexual orientation and gender identification, marital and familial status and more. To offer a human being a helping hand and a voice of reassurance is what Boulder has always done and is proud to do. I am honored to be a part of a community that wears it’s values on it’s sleeve and will defend and protect those values, even when that is at the risk of losing federal funding or being “named and shamed” for it. Not only does this give me a warm fuzzy feeling about my community but at times like these, when the rest of the world is watching, I take comfort in showing them that the U.S. is still loaded with strong, compassionate people who have not forgotten that immigrants founded this country and their determination in the pursuit of freedom is how we got here.
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