Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Traverse City May Become A "Sanctuary City" For Illegal Immigrants

By Brandon Hall
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Traverse City is one of Michigan's greatest towns, more known for beautiful lakefront views and cherries than politics... However, if some have their way, it could become a "sanctuary city" for illegal immigrants soon...

According to IPR:

"Officials in Traverse City are discussing the possibility of “sanctuary city” status. The city’s Human Rights Commission has debated the idea at its meetings over the last few months. The declaration would mean police would not report undocumented immigrants to the federal government.

Mayor Jim Carruthers says the conversation came up because of recent changes in federal immigration policy. He says city staff had reservations about the idea, so he referred it to the Human Rights Commission. 
Carruthers  supports the move, despite concerns that the city could lose out on federal funding.
“It is a controversial topic," says Carruthers. "When the current leadership in Washington is tying it all to federal dollars, that scares small towns like us. I understand the cautiousness come out of our leadership for that reason.”
Carruthers says Traverse City Police do not currently target undocumented people, but they do report them to federal immigration officials."
Apparently some town leaders weren't dissuaded by the debacle in Lansing a few weeks ago, where the council passed a resolution declaring Lansing a sanctuary city only to rescind it shortly after...

Stay tuned!
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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1 comment:

  1. Absolutely Not! Bringing Documented Migrants with work visas and those whom are LEGALLY here is fine. Maybe city politicians could assist THEM with affordable housing, because us citizens sure can't afford the RENT