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Opposition to the Forcible Separation of Immigrant Families
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6/28/2018

Resolution of the DeWitt Town Board In Opposition to

The Forcible Separation of Immigrant Families

  

            At a Town Board Meeting of the Dewitt Town Board, held on June 25, 2018 at

 

7:00 pm at the Dewitt Town Hall, 5400 Butternut Drive, in the Town of Dewitt, New

 

York, seven members of the Town Board being in attendance, the following resolution

 

was introduced by Councilor Young and seconded by Councilor Rigney:

 

 

WHEREAS, the State of New York, County of Onondaga and the Town of DeWitt have always been and continue to be welcoming communities for immigrants from all over the world; and

 

WHEREAS, the Trump administration has implemented a zero-tolerance policy, which has resulted in over 2300 children having been forcibly separated from their parents in May and June of 2018; and

 

WHEREAS, this policy of zero-tolerance is costly, taxing on our courts, and unnecessarily punitive, especially as it affects family units; and

 

WHEREAS, this policy of punishing innocent children and purposely disrupting families as a deterrent is a human rights abuse that causes unnecessary trauma to children and parents; and

 

WHEREAS, these practices in which our immigration authorities have been engaging are contrary to our nation’s moral commitment to human rights and dignity; and

 

WHEREAS, forced family separation and the intentional infliction of trauma upon children and parents are beneath the standards that we as citizens and elected officials of the Town of DeWitt are prepared to accept from our federal government; and

 

WHEREAS, this policy is evocative of some of the darkest days in this country’s history, including Chinese exclusion, Japanese internment and the refusal to allow the entry of Jewish refugees from the Holocaust; and

 

WHEREAS, the United Nations has called for an immediate halt to the practice of separating families entering the United States, as violative of human rights recognized under international law; and

 

WHERAS, faith and lay leaders from many diverse religious traditions, advocates for human rights, and citizens and people of good will alike have lifted their voices in moral opposition to the separation of families and the detaining of children in cages, tent cities and “tender age” shelters, and have condemned the use of these children as bargaining chips for Congressional action, and are calling for the immediate reunification and release from detention of effected families;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE DEWITT TOWN COUNCIL, that we stand with our immigrant friends and neighbors and all people of good will in opposition to the forcible separation and detention of immigrant children and families; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the DeWitt Town Council calls upon the federal government, its representatives in Congress and the President of the United States and his administration to end these abusive practices, and to promptly reunite families who have been detained and separated, without resorting to the detention of children; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the DeWitt Town Council calls upon its representatives in Congress to pass immigration legislation that protects families and children from the abusive practices described herein; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the DeWitt Town Council applauds the actions taken in opposition to this policy by our Governor, Andrew Cuomo, and calls upon Governor Cuomo to ensure that New York resources and funds, including New York National Guard forces, are not used in furtherance of the federal government’s zero tolerance policy; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the DeWitt Town Clerk is hereby requested to forward a certified copy of this resolution to Congressman John Katko, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

 

                                                                                       Adopted 7 Ayes

 

 

 

 

 

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