The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) is deeply troubled and concerned by the proposed bills banning cities and localities in Michigan from choosing to be sanctuary cities.

According to Michigan radio report published on June 19, Republican Senators Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) and Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte) submitted a proposal banning local policies that establish sanctuary cities in Michigan. Critics of these proposals argue that they are based on false premises and use fear as a tactic to secure passage.

Sanctuary cities in no way shape or form protect individuals who are a threat to public safety. Sanctuary cities are about self governance and local officials setting their own law enforcement priorities and strategies.

Self-government is a core American value. The American norm is to allow as much local autonomy for cities and localities because they know what works best for them. It is troubling and alarming to see that some Michigan lawmakers are trying to usurp this right under false claims for political expediency. This cynicism is unbecoming of law makers representing the state of Michigan, a state that has historically been welcoming state to all its people.

We urge Governor Whitmer and all other politicians, Democrats and Republicans alike, House Representatives and Senators, to reject these bills that are divisive and counterproductive.

“Cities and localities should be able to devise their own policies and their law enforcement priories,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “Mayors and political chiefs, overwhelming publicly- minded conscientious people, know how to run their cities, and what works for them, better than the politicians in Lansing,” added Hamad. “Banning sanctuary cities is an example of micromanaging that is motivated by cynical calculations and political expediency,” concluded Hamad.

To read more on the bills visit:
https://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-introduce-bills-ban-sanctuary-cities

2 thoughts on “AHRC urges rejection of the proposal banning sanctuary cities in Michigan

  1. Any conscientious human being would be against raids and deportation. The separation of parents from their children is inhumane. It must not happen. Deal with immigrant criminals as you would with any other criminal. But do not take innocent parents away from their children. I don’t believe that 11 million immigrants that are illegal in this country are criminals. Empirical studies have found “ no link between violent crime and illegal immigration and a negative relationship between the number of illegal immigrants in most types of non-violent crime“

  2. What is wrong with America in the past 3 years?
    I am baffled by the sudden diversion of the core values of our society, and some sub-human species are OK with it.

    I see the demise of the country as we know it if this does not stop immediately, the writing is on the wall.
    What do you want? Another civil war?!

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