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Columbus City Council discusses “sanctuary city” immigration legislation

 

Sanctuary cities are places where federal immigration enforcement actions don’t necessarily apply. Columbus hasn’t officially been dubbed a “sanctuary city” but today, a committee of the city council met and toyed with the idea of implementing legislation that mirrors that of such cities.

Back in February Mayor Ginther signed an executive order that reinforced and expanded the city’s policy on immigration. What city council wants to do is change that policy into a law.

Three of the items included in the legislation are:

  1. prohibits using city resources strictly to detect or obtain a person based on their immigration status
  2. prevents a person from being denied city services based on their immigration status
  3. bars requesting info about someone’s immigration status unless it is legally required

This ordinance is expected to be introduced on May 22 during the full city council meeting.

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