Bellingham City Council could consider an ordinance declaring Bellingham a sanctuary city as early as Feb. 13, after local groups have asked for months that the city strengthen its policies that the city does not enforce federal immigration law.
If you wish to speak to this issue in open session, you need to know, Council Meetings are held Mondays beginning at 7 p.m., Council Chambers. The next one is scheduled for Feb 13.
Here are some talking points, in case you decide to speak in open session, or write a letter to the editor, or email your city council:
- Immigrants helped to build this country. We have no problem with immigrants coming here legally. We love immigrants. Many of our ancestors immigrated legally, from all over the world.
- Illegal immigrants make legal immigrants feel like chumps. Illegal invaders insult the time, effort and patience of immigrants who come here legally.
- One of the few legitimate powers of the federal government is defense against invasion. By not enforcing immigration laws, our government is failing to live up to its constitutional responsibility.
- An illegal invasion of immigrants puts an extra burden on taxpaying citizens for law enforcement, and a plethora of social programs.
- Any government which provides a plethora of social programs, should be extra vigilant about overburdening taxpaying citizens with illegitimate claims by illegal immigrants.
- Any immigrant who, by their very entry into this country, breaks the law, demonstrates that they are not interested in following our laws, or assimilating into our customs and culture.
Council Meetings: Mondays beginning at 7 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall. The schedule for the year can be found on the Council Meetings Schedule page or by requesting the full schedule from the Bellingham City Council Office.