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Maywood to Discuss Sanctuary City Ordinance at Tonight’s LLOC Meeting, March 15

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

The Maywood Board of Trustees will consider adopting either a “Sanctuary City” ordinance or a “Welcoming Resolution” at a Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting tonight, Wednesday, March 15, 7 p.m., at Council Chambers, 125 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood.

Last month, the board directed  village attorney Michael Jurusik to provide information on the legislative proposals at the insistence of Trustee Isiah Brandon, who referenced Oak Park’s recent passage of a “Welcoming Village” ordinance.

In a March 8 memo, Jurusik recommended that the village hold a discussion on whether or not to adopt “a ‘Welcoming Resolution’ that expresses support for immigrants.”

He said that his firm, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, would not make a recommendation on how the board should actually vote on the matter.

“Several municipalities have adopted, or are considering adopting, sanctuary ordinances,” Jurusik wrote.

“These ordinances typically direct municipal employees and agents to not take a person’s immigration status into account, and to not comply with requests from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (‘ICE’) to detain undocumented immigrants longer than need for municipal purposes.”

President Donald Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding from municipalities that don’t comply with his orders on immigration.

The villages of Melrose Park and Forest Park are currently considering similar ordinances. And last month, the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 school board passed a welcoming resolution supporting immigrant families. VFP

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2 thoughts on “Maywood to Discuss Sanctuary City Ordinance at Tonight’s LLOC Meeting, March 15

  1. With all the problems Maywood faces, is this something we should be debating right now? Isn’t there more important issues at hand like economic development, bringing new businesses here (other than barber shops and beauty parlors), stepping up code enforcement, fixing crumbling streets and infrastructure that we should be addressing? We need to get on the ball with what really matters. Also, do we want to potentially jepordize federal funds by doing something like this at this time–especially when we have these pressing issues to address? Take care of what truely important first

    • I totally agree with what you typed. This is a controversial topic that is happening in America when Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States. The Hispanic community are in total fears of this ICE that is deporting some family members out of this country. I am hoping that the meeting did discuss about what you wrote on this post. There is going to be a forum at the Quinn Community Center this Saturday, and residents really need to attend and ask the candidates questions.

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