As we move into more awareness of these issues, hopefully local governments will weigh in opposing bad legislation in General Assembly, and by doing so they can raise more awareness.
We are currently working on resolutions in Charlottesville, Norfolk, Richmond, and Harrisonburg…will your town be next?
here’s a sample, fill in the blanks and shorten or add to it as needed.
A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE [CITY/COUNTY] OF [Name of Locality], VIRGINIA [Governmental Body]’S OPPOSITION TO PENDING VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY LEGISLATION: HB 1468, HB 1420, HB 1421, HB 1482, HB 1574, HB 1465, HB 1775
WHEREAS, the [Name of Locality] [Governmental Body] recognizes that all people living or working in Virginia are entitled to respect and inalienable human rights regardless of residency status; and
WHEREAS, undocumented people in the Commonwealth held in detention on immigration offenses are often held for more than 8 months while awaiting deportation; and
WHEREAS, undocumented people living in the [City/County] of [Name of locality] should not be imprisoned or denigrated simply for existing as human beings without legal residency; and
WHEREAS, the [City/County] of [Name of locality] remains a safer community when all people have access to affordable higher education, public services, public education, drivers licenses, and gainful employment; and
WHEREAS, the [City/County] of [Name of locality] is better able to protect and serve it’s communities when aware of federal investigations and immigration raids and when all people, regardless of residency status, can communicate with law enforcement and public agencies without fear of arrest, deportation and imprisonment; and
WHEREAS, legislation in the Virginia General Assembly is being proposed which puts state and local police, as well as school administrators, and public servants in the position of enforcing federal immigration law while simultaneously restricting localities from witness and oversight of federal immigration enforcement, denies public services, and education to undocumented people; and
WHEREAS, such legislation presents an undue financial burden on Virginia’s localities and taxpayers, invites racial profiling, destroys families, and makes our communities less safe; and
WHEREAS, a clear attempt at greatly restricting the freedom, well being, and human rights of undocumented people, in our communities and our local government can be surmised when all bills being proposed in the Virginia General Assembly pertaining to undocumented people are considered as a whole; and
WHEREAS, such assault on human rights amounts to repression and is motivated by racism, xenophobia, or political grandstanding; and
WHEREAS, human beings can only perform illegal actions, hence, no human being can rightly be deemed illegal simply for existing.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE [CITY/COUNTY] [GOVERNMENTAL BODY] OF THE [CITY/COUNTY] OF [NAME of LOCALITY], VIRGINIA:
SECTION 1. The [City/County] [Governmental Body] of [Name of locality] expresses it’s strong opposition to Virginia General Assembly bills: HB 1468, HB 1420, HB 1421, HB 1482, HB 1574, HB 1465, and HB 1775.
SECTION 2. The [City/County] [Governmental Body] of [Name of locality] expresses it’s strong opposition to any legislation containing similar language and substance of the aforementioned bills upon consolidation, amendment, or change of bill number.
SECTION 3. The [City/County] [Governmental Body] of [Name of locality] calls on all members of the Virginia General Assembly, the Governor, and Virginia’s Congressional Delegation to actively seek to defeat the aforementioned legislation.
SECTION 4. The [City/County] [Governmental Body] of [Name of locality], its elected leaders, and its citizens have a responsibility to highlight the implications of the proposed legislation pertaining to the rights and treatment of undocumented people living in the Commonwealth.
ADOPTED by the [City/County] [Governmental Body] of the [City/County] of [Name of locality], Virginia this day of , 2011.
[Name], [Mayor/Chair], [City/County] [Governmental Body] of [Name of Locality]