Following the trend of many cities along the North Coast, the Cannon Beach city council is considering adopting an immigrant inclusivity resolution.
The resolution, which “embraces, celebrates, and welcomes its immigrant and refugee residents and their contributions,” is not the same as becoming a sanctuary city.
The resolution was drafted after several citizens approached Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn about wanting Cannon Beach to become an inclusivity city like their northern neighbor Astoria did in March. Seaside City Council also is considering an inclusivity resolution.
Schermerhorn said he then went to the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council, a major player in passing the resolution in Astoria, to discuss next steps and in the hopes of building a closer relationship with the Latino community.
“I know there is a lot of fear growing,” Schermerhorn said. “We want people to know we’re not actively seeking to deport undocumented folk.”
This string of proposals come in light of an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in January that would withhold federal grant money from sanctuary cities—a general term describing cities that seek to protect undocumented immigrants from federal immigration policies. The City of Seattle has filed a lawsuit challenging the order.
Inclusivity resolutions allow cities to support immigrants and refugees without running the risk of…
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