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Legislature Passes Resolution of Support for Immigrants and Refugees

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Legislature approved a resolution to support immigrants and refugees who live within Tompkins County, and maintaining that the separating of children from parents at the United States/Mexico Border is inhumane.  The measure states that the Tompkins County Legislature “stand(s) alongside our immigrant neighbors and residents, and oppose(s) the practice of family separation and the detention of children, as well as all inhumane practices established by our federal government to further the duration of family separation.”  It calls upon federal leaders “to oppose this practice of family separation and support legislation that honors the dignity of all.” 

The vote was 11-3, with Republicans Mike Sigler, Glenn Morey, and Dave McKenna dissenting.  Legislator Sigler remarked that he was prepared to support the version passed in committee, but objected to wording added to the amended version considered by the Legislature.