The immigrant rights organization WICIR (Washtenaw Coalition for Immigrant Rights) released a jubilant statement Wednesday, May 3, applauding the fact that the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners passed a set of resolutions supporting immigrant rights in the county. The passing of these resolutions is extremely good news because it now means that county departments will not be allowed to ask people's immigration status, and as stated by WICIR, recognizes that immigration is solely an issue for Federal Government as opposed to a local issue. Further, according to WICIR, the resolution,"provides funding for immigrant communities targeted by raids and deportations that undermine the public health, safety, and well-being of everyone in our county."
According to WICIR, the resolutions will next go to the full board on May 17. The organization stated on Thursday, May 4, "A final victory is looking good." This certainly would be an extremely necessary and positive victory for immigrant communities living in fear of being deported and separated from their families.
WICIR has asked people to send thank you's to the commissioners who voted yes and also urge them to,"Support full funding of the resolutions." The group also urged people to thank Washtenaw County Commissioner for District 9 Conan Smith for his leadership, and is asking people to mark their calendars for the May 17, 2017 Board of Commissioners final vote.
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