Thursday, December 13, 2012

Salt Lake City Resolves to be Immigrant Friendly

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Immigrants should be treated with dignity and respect while being welcomed and embraced by residents and community groups — regardless of legal status — according to a resolution passed unanimously Tuesday night by the Salt Lake City Council.

The resolution is part of a national movement called "Welcoming America," with Salt Lake City joining 10 communities and 20 states that have adopted such a measure.

The resolution doesn’t state specifically whether the legal status of an immigrant should be considered in welcoming them to the city, but says "all are welcome, accepted and integrated" and it criticizes "policies that negate opportunities for contributions to our community in the fullest capacity."

Supporters of the resolution said the time was right to adopt the measure after the November election, where President Barack Obama defeated Republican nominee Mitt Romney handily while also carrying more than 70 percent of the Latino vote.

That defeat has led some in the Republican Party to reconsider their views on immigration reform, including conservative talk show host Sean Hannity, who long espoused tough immigration policies.

Jean Hill, spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, said the resolution was an outgrowth of The Utah Compact, which was signed more than two years ago by a coalition of religious, business and political leaders in the state. That document was a series of guiding principles that sought a more compassionate approach to immigration reform and was a refutation of Arizona’s enforcement-only law, SB1070. Read more...

Of course these efforts are to be applauded. Remember, however, that Utah passed a state law a couple years back, partially modeled on Arizona's SB 1070. The Obama administration is challenging Utah's law.


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