Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Sunday June 25, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
drawing of a city skyline inside heart

Not Quite a Sanctuary

Mayor Taylor would rather call us "welcoming."

by James Leonard

From the May, 2017 issue

President Trump's attempts to keep out refugees and deport undocumented residents keep reverberating in Ann Arbor's City Hall. "We feel pressure from increased Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity, or at least the perception of more activity," says mayor Christopher Taylor. "But we don't set up barricades around the city to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from coming in. That's not something we can do."

In April, city council directed the AAPD not to collect information on the immigration status of people it comes into contact with, but stopped short of declaring Ann Arbor a "sanctuary city." "People have different definitions and conceptions of what 'sanctuary city' means," says Taylor. "If your definition of a sanctuary city is one that nullifies federal law by action and inaction, then we are not."

Instead, Taylor offers a different adjective. "We are a welcoming city: We do everything we can to support immigrants and refugees. And we do what we're obligated to do with respect to federal law."    (end of article)

[Originally published in May, 2017.]

 



 
Bookmark and Share
Print Comment E-mail

You might also like:

Health Emergencies
Home Brew <-> Brew Pub
The intertwined tales of amateur and professional beermakers in Ann Arbor
Patrick Dunn
Storm-Water Solutions
The city plans to spend $34 million over the next six years to fix its flooding problems.
James Leonard
The Return of the Trumpeter Swans
Seeing snow white in the spring
Bob & Jorja Feldman
Supermajority?
Council's dominant caucus says there isn't one. A crucial vote says otherwise.
James Leonard
Nightspots: Ravens Club
Community Services - Family and Parenting Services
Today's Events
Photo: Peonies!
Restaurants where Outdoor Seating Is Available
A clickable zoomable map
Arbor Hospice Palliative Care
only cycling studio on the University of Michigan's Campus
spark ann arbor