Hoping to assuage lingering fears in the immigrant community, the Mountain View City Council took a new step to reassure vulnerable residents that the city has their back. Local elected leaders on Tuesday formally signed on Mountain View to many “Freedom City” policies, committing local officials and the police to a higher set of standards for dealing with undocumented individuals.
The move is the latest in a string of actions taken by local officials in recent months to emphasize Mountain View’s diversity and tolerance in direct response to the policies of the Trump administration.
In December, the city signed on as a so-called human rights city, an aspirational doctrine pledging respect and equality for all peoples. Not long afterward, Mountain View joined countywide efforts to challenge federal immigration efforts by filing lawsuits and by refusing to cooperate in most cases with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
At the Tuesday, Sept. 12 meeting, council members were assured that this latest “Freedom Cities” campaign they were considering joining was more than a feel-good exercise. The policy was drafted by the American Civil Liberties Union, and it basically outlines a series of steps individual cities can take to resist the Trump administration.
Police Chief Max Bosel described the program as a good balance between the city’s principles and the needs for local law enforcement to fulfill its public safety role.
“The main purpose here is to encourage the victims of crime regardless of immigration status to go to the police without fear of reprisal or deportation,” he said. “But it also gives us the ability to work with federal officials in…
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