I am writing to express my disappointment in the Schenectady City Council’s refusal to make Schenectady a welcoming city.
Over the last several months, over 60 residents have spoken in support of making our city a sanctuary for immigrants and refugees. Others have called and written the council members to express their support.
Of the seven council members, Marion Porterfield and Leesa Perazzo have been responsive to these pleas from Schenectady residents.
They have both presented drafts for a resolution that would affirm Schenectady as committed to protecting the civil and human rights of all individuals within the city, regardless of immigration status.
The five remaining members have chosen to hide behind a generic resolution taken from the Conference of Mayors.
This resolution calls for “comprehensive immigration reform” from the federal government. Given the events of the first several months of the current presidential administration, including its unconstitutional travel ban, it is unacceptable to expect that this immigration reform will be either “humane or non-disruptive,” as worded in the proposed resolution.
Several council members made note of their oath to uphold the law as a rationale for rejecting sanctuary city status. American history has proven time and time again that what is legal is not always just. We must work to do everything in our power to ensure liberty and justice for all.