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To: Arlington County
Tell Arlington County to Defy Trump, Defend Arlington, & support Arlington as a Sanctuary
Tell our county board to stand up to Trump, and take action that doesn't just symbolically defend immigrants. We demand that our county's policies stop targeting immigrants for imprisonment, risk of removal, and state violence at the hands of police and aggressive immigration agents.
A sanctuary city is a city that has adopted a policy of protecting illegal immigrants by not prosecuting them for violating federal immigration laws in the country in which they are now living illegally.
Why is this important?
Donald Trump just announced executive action that threatens any city that seeks to protect immigrant residents from deportation.
What he’s trying to do is roll back the progress that has been made in recent years, but we won’t let him.
In 2017, there needs to be a concentrated effort behind protecting the lives of immigrants and people of color.
To keep our communities safe, we need to evolve local policies in order to make our cities real sanctuaries for all residents. We must not give in to hate, fear, or the potential loss of federal funds.
That means a commitment to separating police from federal immigration enforcement, and addressing arbitrary policing policies that rely on racial profiling. We must stand up to policing policies that rely heavily on criminal charges of immigrant residents, and make them a target for ICE agents.
Tell our county board to stand up to Trump and take action that doesn't just symbolically defend immigrants, but transforms our city's policies to stop targeting us for imprisonment, risk of removal, and state violence at the hands of police and aggressive immigration agents.
Trump's threats should be cause to embolden our city leaders, not an excuse to abandon our potential progress. The leaders of Arlington should stand up, and join the other leaders who are committed to moving forward. The list of cities refusing to give in to Trump's anti-immigrant stance is growing. Join New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Haven, CT, Syracuse, Austin, Tex., Washington, DC and Philadelphia in resisting .