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School District, City Of Alameda, Issue Joint Statement On Sanctuary Votes

The City of Alameda and the Alameda Unified School District have issued a joint statement regarding local sanctuary city status. (File photo)

The City of Alameda and the Alameda Unified School District have issued a joint statement regarding local sanctuary city status. (File photo)

Yesterday afternoon, school district and city officials issued a joint press release regarding recent “safe haven” and “sanctuary city” votes by their respective governing bodies.

Without explanation, both agencies asked news media for an embargo (meaning to withhold publication) on the release until 9 a.m. this morning.

However, by 9 a.m. Donald Trump was sworn-in in Washington, D.C. as the 45th president of the United States.

Almost immediately upon Trump’s swearing in, the www.WhiteHouse.gov website was updated to reflect the new administration.

Among the updates was a new issues page entitled “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community,” wherein, President Trump explained that he “is dedicated to enforcing our border laws, ending sanctuary cities, and stemming the tide of lawlessness associated with illegal immigration.”

On January 17th, Alameda City Council adopted a resolution reaffirming, in the words of the joint release, the city’s “commitment as a Sanctuary City to the values of dignity, inclusivity, and respect for all individuals, regardless of ethnic or national origin, gender, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or immigration status.”

However, according to the city council packet materials available before the meeting, the resolution provides that City of Alameda officials and police officers, “will continue to cooperate with federal immigration agencies in matters involving criminal activity and the protection of public safety.”

At the January 13th Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees “unanimously expressed support for a resolution declaring AUSD a ‘safe haven’ district for all students.”

The resolution will come back before the board for a formal vote on January 24th.

To mark the resolutions, both the city and the school district will hang banner-sized versions of the “Everyone Belongs Here” poster in their lobbies today. Over the next several weeks, the district will also hang the banners at each school site.

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