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UPDATE: RESOLUTION WAS APPROVED 4-0 WITH JOHN PHILLIPS ABSENT BUT HAVING EXPRESSED HIS SUPPORT

 

In the wake of the presidential effort to discourage Muslim immigration, the following resolution will be considered by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at the county building on Alisal in Salinas.

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Whereas, on January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order limiting the ability of people to enter the United States based on national origin and religion;

Whereas, legal challenges and public protests have forced the Trump Administration to modify the Executive Order as to immigrants holding visas and green cards that have been legitimately issued for those now visiting, studying, and working in the United States;

Whereas, this Executive Order separates family members from one another and turns back refugees who had been admitted to the United States after years of process; preventing legal residents from re-entering the United States, in disregard of financial commitments such as leases on residences, job commitments, tuitions paid at United States institutions of higher learning;

Whereas, this Executive Order effectively institutes a ban on travel for non- citizens who are legally residing in the United States;

Whereas, there is no evidence to support the notion that this Executive Order will reduce the threat of terrorism and, in fact, may increase such threats to the United States; and

Whereas, the Administration’s demonstrated willingness to disregard legally-issued visas poses a threat to Monterey County’s economy which employs residents who are legally living in the United States, and to the County’s institutions of higher learning.

Now, therefore be it resolved, that the Board of Supervisors of Monterey County declares as follows:

1. This Executive Order is discriminatory. It unfairly targets a large group of immigrants and non-immigrants on the basis of their countries of origin, all of which are nations with a majority Muslim population. This is a major step towards implementing the stringent racial and religious profiling threatened by this Administration. The United States is a democratic nation, and ethnic and religious profiling are in stark contrast to the values and principles we hold.

2. This Executive Order is detrimental to the interests of Monterey County. Without a guarantee that visas will be honored, it will be more difficult for Monterey County businesses and institutions of higher learning to employ and enroll individuals from other countries;

3. This Executive Order imposes undue burden on members of our community. The people whose status in the United States could be reconsidered by this Executive Order are our fellow students, friends, colleagues, and members of our communities. The implementation of this Executive Order will tear families apart by restricting entry for family members who live outside of the US and limiting the ability to travel for those who reside and work in the US. These restrictions would be applied to nearly all individuals from certain countries, regardless of their immigration status or any other circumstances. This measure is disruptive to the lives of these immigrants, their families, and the communities of which they form an integral part. It is inhumane, ineffective, and un-American.

4. This Executive Order undermines the values of America. These bans, as proposed, have consequences that reach beyond the scope of national security. The unethical and discriminatory treatment of law-abiding, hard- working, and well-integrated immigrants fundamentally contravenes the founding principles of the United States.

We strongly denounce this Executive Order and urge our Congressional leaders to take all possible actions to prevent such destructive policies from being enacted.

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  • Natalie Gray January 30, 2017, 6:40 pm

    I think this is fantastic. I also think we need to stay on our toes. While we are all protesting this, what are they doing secretly at night? Steve Bannon being that close to Trump is certainly a major concern. We have a lot of balls to keep our eyes on…

  • Anne Helms January 30, 2017, 7:28 pm

    Delighted to see this resolution! I hope many other cities and counties and states follow this plan.

  • Arden Eaton January 30, 2017, 8:50 pm

    Good news!!

  • bill leone January 30, 2017, 9:16 pm

    Reality is beginning to set in. As predicted, The Pimp President will either destroy democracy in America, or destroy the Republican Party.

    As stated a Number of times: Welcome to Fascist America!

  • Bob Coble January 30, 2017, 10:19 pm

    Jane Parker, our District 4 Supervisor, meets openly with her constituents monthly. This evening she held a meeting in Seaside, and I believe all of us who were present agreed with the resolution. However, I have sent a request to all five supervisors asking them to include this or a similar “Whereas” in the resolution.
    “WHEREAS, the Muslim ban President Trump has ordered
    in his recent Executive Order bans people from essentially
    Muslim countries in which he has no business dealings, and
    have not provided any terrorists who have killed Americans,
    but his ban excludes essentially Muslim countries in which
    he has business dealings, and which have citizens who have
    killed a total of nearly 3,000 Americans,”

  • david fairhurst January 30, 2017, 11:14 pm

    1. The “green card visa” error has been corrected.
    2. There has been no “anti-muslim” language in the “executive order”, this order is directed at the 7 nations leading the export of terror.
    3. It is unfathamable to think that by allowing open access to un-vetted people from these nations that it would somehow reduce danger to the American people.
    4. This order is for only a 4 month period in order to improve the vetting process.
    5. Both Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama have issued more restrictive orders during their terms against some of these same “Islamic” nations. Jimmy Carter’s “orders” were particulary hostile to those Persians attempting to escape a repressive Islamic Theocracy regime.
    6. Again the “progressive left” only can resort to vile insults (“pimp, fascist”, blame and “false news”) to support their attacks and vent their frustrations for their loss.
    7. I would think that our local government would have regional issues of importance to work on rather than to pass “resolutions” in encouraging the violation of federal law. Perhaps we should have “sanctuary” zones for those that truly support the Bill of Rights, such as the 2nd amendment.
    8. I disagree with many of the local regulations, therefore since my local government doesn’t abide or recognize federal law (the authority above them), why should any of us recognize local law?

    • Joanna Greenshields January 30, 2017, 11:23 pm

      David, the order will affect several hundred foreign nationals locally at DLI and NPGS. And why were several countries, who have harbored radicals and terrorists, left off of the list? America First or Trump Business Empire First?

  • James Miller January 31, 2017, 5:58 am

    The BOS and masses of protesters are”Sore Loser/haters.” They can protest vote all they want. No doubt they will be Protesting every little thing for the next 8 years while twisting facts to fit their self described supreme goodness, and superior intellect high morals. Presidents have the power to limit influx of individuals from countries during a time of WAR. Congress approved the same 7, and OBama signed. Congress can add others like Afghanistan etc, later. Trump actions are reasonable, responsible, Temporary and LEGAL.

  • Susan Ragsdale-Cronin January 31, 2017, 8:02 am

    I logically surmise from the color of my skin, hair and eyes… that I am in fact an immigrant from colder, northern lands, across the pond. I am blessed to go out my back door everyday and see the beauty of what legally is our property, buy what I know to be the sacred land of the people before me. I thank the natives that lived here most days. I wonder what they thought about immigrants.

  • Dr. Jennifer Fellguth January 31, 2017, 10:19 am

    I whole-heartedly support this resolution!

  • ENRIQUE MENDEZ FLORES January 31, 2017, 10:39 am

    Terrific resolution!

    • Terri DeBono January 31, 2017, 10:54 am

      Resolution is perfect.
      Is Trump’s Executive Order an impeachable offensive? It definitely is “discriminatory”

  • Myrleen Fisher January 31, 2017, 10:57 am

    Who knew that our Board of Supervisors had this much backbone and interest in fair play? I wonder if recent changes have made this resolution possible? Bravo!!!

  • bill leone January 31, 2017, 12:24 pm

    As usual apologists for the Pimp Presidency have absolutely no idea what they’re talking or writing about…..as demonstrated in the above comments.

    • Dan Turner January 31, 2017, 4:46 pm

      Sorry, Bill, but Obama did approve temp bans on immigration from some of the Muslim countries a few years ago and no one protested it. Also, why isn’t there any anti-war movement? Our wars in the Mideast are the cause of all the refugees pouring out of the area and into Europe & the US. There was a feeble anti-war movement in the later W years but that all came to a halt when O was elected. Progressives let O get away w/murder – literally – by drone. O even droned US citizens to death w/no due process or trial. No one protested about that (except for a few real leftists).
      Notice, also, that the Saudis and Gulf Emirates (Qatar, etc.) are not on this exclusion list even though about 15 of the 20 guys who perped 9/11 were Saudis. Could that have to do w/all the $ and oil the Saudis have? Nah, probably not!