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To: U.S. Mayors
Tell U.S. Mayors: - Declare Your City a Sanctuary of Safety! #HereToStay
Trump has said he will deport millions, and anti-immigrant harassment is already out of control. More than one out of five undocumented immigrants facing deportation through criminalization is Black. It is time to declare America’s cities as sanctuaries of safety and not allow local police to do the work of immigration agents. Because of over policing in our communities Black nationals are much more likely to be targeted. If your city is not already, declare it a sanctuary city. If it is, commit to do everything in your power to maintain your sanctuary status and protect your undocumented residents from a Trump administration.
Why is this important?
Mayors across the country must stand with their undocumented immigrant residents in this moment of crisis.
Undocumented Immigrants in our communities are under attack: Donald Trump has already said that in the first 100 days of office he would cancel DACA, a program that provides undocumented youth with work permits and protection from deportation, and begin deporting 2 million undocumented immigrants. We know that an effort to increase deportation of undocumented people will also result in the increased criminalization of Blackness. But we can change this if we pressure mayors to declare their cities as sanctuaries of safety.
In a sanctuary city, officials implement policies to restrict local police from turning immigrants over to federal immigration agents and declare in no uncertain terms that immigrants are welcome. Without them, undocumented immigrants are left vulnerable to racial profiling, detention and deportation. Through our work we can work to decrease the criminalization of our communities.
We salute the mayors of cities like Oakland, Seattle, San Jose, and San Francisco who have been quick to stand with their undocumented residents.
This is just the beginning —we can make our cities and states safe for all