City Council may vote Monday evening on immigration resolve

Rockland mayor: This is the 'moral issue of our time'

By Stephen Betts | Jul 02, 2018
Source: File photo

Rockland — Rockland Mayor Valli Geiger said she will support the City Council's voting on a resolve asking the federal government to reunite families separated by its policies and actions.

"This issue is the moral issue of our time," Geiger said. "It is not a partisan issue, it is uniformly condemned."

"I doubt anything we do will make a difference, but sustained pressure on this issue by all elected officials is important," Geiger said.

Rockland resident Dara Hurt submitted a proposed resolve June 28 for the council to vote on. The resolve states the "Rockland City Council urges the Trump Administration and the Department of Homeland Security to take immediate action to reunite families and work to implement immigration policies that do not create irreparable trauma.

The resolve will be voted on at the council's July 9 meeting. Councilor Amelia Magjik will be sponsoring the resolve.

More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents as they tried to cross the border with Mexico seeking asylum.

"Communities need to take a stand against this type of inhumane behavior," Hurt said.

She said there were ways to monitor the border without causing harm to children and families.

"Imagine the terror they are going through," she said.

Councilor Ed Glaser said at the council's July 2 meeting that while he finds what the administration is doing appalling, it was not the role of the City Council to voice sentiment on national issues.

"If we were to vote on resolves every time we felt moral outrage over a national issue, we would be doing this every week," Glaser said.

He asked the council not to place the item on the agenda, but said if it was on the July 9 agenda, he would vote for it.

In March 2017, the council voted 3-1 (Mayor Will Clayton voting no and one seat vacant) to approve a resolve supporting diversity.

That resolve stated, in part, "We as a community are resolved to welcome and celebrate difference, diversity, and individuality among residents, workers and visitors in all ways, including, but not limited to, ability, race, creed, national and cultural origin, immigration status, color, age, religious beliefs, class, neurodiversity, sexuality, gender identification, and gender expression."

Comments (8)
Posted by: mark zable | Jul 03, 2018 14:44

Edwin, maybe you need to understand some facts. This is about voicing an injustice that might bring about a change in the law. Just like the laws that said slavery was legal, Jim Crow was legal, allowing children to work 12 hour days for next to no pay was legal, barring women from voting was legal. I just wonder what "ill-informed" news media you listen to. Wouldn't begin with an F, would it?



Posted by: John Snow | Jul 03, 2018 08:33

The New Colossus

by Emma Lazarus

 

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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Yes, I know there's a big difference between legal and illegal immigration, and between 1900 and 2018, but there's a beautiful, defining spirit surrounding our history that is important to remember and treasure.  We can do better than this, surely



Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jul 03, 2018 07:12

I know we like to wander off into the warm and cozy stuff, but Ed is right.  The Rockland City Council members are elected to focus on issues that effect our city, not what Lord Trumpleton is into this week.  Important that we keep our eyes on the ball and dedicate our limited time and resources  to solving our problems, of which there are many.



Posted by: Ian Emmott | Jul 03, 2018 06:31

Why not pass a resolution not to raise taxes next year, and make our families here stronger by that resolution.



Posted by: Edwin E Ecker | Jul 03, 2018 05:17

What a waste of time to get involved in something she knows nothing about.

All she had to do was educate herself of the FACTS surrounding this subject and not listen to the "chicken littles" of the fringe left and ill informed news media who without a doubt have an agenda.

This is about breaking laws and the blame falls directly on the law breaker, adults that are responsible for letting these minors to be in this situation from the beginning are to blame not the US for trying to fix the problem.

SO ! Get off your HIGH HORSE and come down to earth and do something constructive with your position instead of joining the crowd mentality lynch mob because you can't have your way and are always on the losing end of justice.



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jul 02, 2018 19:29

Rockland, Maine: Coolest place in New England at 61 degrees. Folks, it ain't just the temperatures that are cool in this town.

"We as a community are resolved to welcome and celebrate difference, diversity, and individuality among residents, workers and visitors in all ways, including, but not limited to, ability, race, creed, national and cultural origin, immigration status, color, age, religious beliefs, class, neurodiversity, sexuality, gender identification, and gender expression."



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jul 02, 2018 16:27

Doing what is right is really simple; for those who care.

 



Posted by: ananur forma | Jul 02, 2018 15:25

Thank you, Dara



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