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