Fresno City Council Passes Pro-Immigrant Resolution

Fresno City Council Passes Pro-Immigrant Resolution

Fresno City Council Passes Pro-Immigrant Resolution

On December 10, 2015 the Fresno City Council passed by a unanimous vote a resolution that recognizes America’s legacy as a nation of immigrants and the important role that they play in the city and in the regional economy as a whole.

It has 5 main points that support:

  1. The passage of comprehensive immigration reform by the federal government.
  2. The immediate implementation of extended DACA and DAPA.
  3. The active promotion of immigrant integration (economic, social, linguistic, civic).
  4. The active collaboration between the City of Fresno and immigrant service providers and community based organizations.
  5. Inviting other cities in Fresno and nearby counties to follow suit and work towards the development of a regional approach to immigrant integration.

The resolution was co-sponsored by council members Harold Baines and Esmeralda Soria.

It represents an important step forward in having this Central Valley city making efforts to catch up with immigrant integration policies that have been adopted in many American cities, such as Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and others, large and small.

The resolution was supported by the Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC), the Fresno Immigration Coalition, Mi Familia Vota and many other local immigrant-serving organizations and agencies.

Fresno City Council Passes Pro-Immigrant Resolution: Text of the Resolution

Below is the text of the resolution:

RESOLUTION NO. 2015-240
A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY
OF FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, ENCOURAGING
CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES TO PASS COMPREHENSIVE
IMMIGRATION REFORM

WHEREAS, on October 3, 2013, the Council of the City of Fresno endorsed
comprehensive federal immigration reform via Council Resolution 2013-179; and

WHEREAS, the United States of America is proud of its history as a nation of
immigrants; and

WHEREAS, our nation’s history has proven that immigrant integration is a
desired outcome that should be promoted via federal, state, and local policies; and

WHEREAS, the United States of America has taken many actions to address the
incongruity, including, but not limited to, current and future labor market needs and the
limited availability of immigration visas, leading to a situation which has been described
as a “broken immigration system”; and

WHEREAS, on November 20,2014, President Barack Obama announced a set
of Executive Actions on lmmigration that include enhancing enforcement on
undocumented immigrants along the border,

WHEREAS, the Executive Action on lmmigration announced by President
Obama also includes the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Program (DACA) and the creation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and
Lawful Permanent Residents (also known as DAPA); and

WHEREAS, the implementation of DACA has enabled hundreds of thousands of
immigrants in the nation, and thousands in the City of Fresno and other Central Valley
communities, to undergo background checks, obtain temporary protection from
deportation, and to obtain temporary work permits, thereby allowing them to contribute
to the reactivation of the national economy, to become responsible members of our
society, and contribute to the stability of their families; and

WHEREAS, since becoming operative on January 1, 2015, California Assembly
Bill 60 has enabled over 400,000 people, who are unable to submit satisfactory proof of
legal presence in the United States, to obtain driver’s licenses; and

WHEREAS, Fresno Adult School, which operates under Fresno Unified School
District, has become one of five recipients of the National Network for lntegrating New
Americans lnitiative; and

WHEREAS, non-profit organizations such as SER-Jobs for Progress, Fresno
EOC, Educational and Leadership Foundation, Mi Familia Vota, the Central Valley
DACA Collaborative, and many other organizations and community groups are working
to provide a variety of supportive services for Fresno’s immigrant population; and

WHEREAS, local institutions of higher learning, including Fresno City College
and California State University, Fresno, have established DREAM centers to support
enrolled immigrant students; and

WHEREAS, despite all of the above actions, the United States Congress has yet
to pass comprehensive immigration reform and the full implementation of extended
DACA and DAPA has been suspended in federal courts.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE lT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Fresno as
follows:

1. Congress and the President of the united states are hereby encouraged
to act with haste in passing comprehensive immigration reform legislation
and to implement the DACA andDAPA programs announced by the
President in 2014 to incorporate immigrants from all countries and
backgrounds, and especially those immigrants who are residents of the
city of Fresno and that such legislation provide a path to citizenship for
lawful undocumented persons residing in the United States; and

2.lT lS FURTHER RESOLVED, the Council of the City of Fresno supports
the immediate implementation of extended DACA and DAPA to benefit
Fresno residents who might benefit from these programs and enable them
to further contribute to the greatness of our nation; and

3. IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED, the council of the city of Fresno affirms the
desire to actively promote the economic, social, linguistic and civic
integration of all immigrants residing in the City of Fresno; and

4. lT lS FURTHER RESOLVED, the Council of the City of Fresno supports
the active collaboration between the city of Fresno and non-profit
immigration services providers and community based organizations to
emulate the efforts of other welcoming cities throughout the nation and
develop a plan to promote the economic, social, linguistic, and civic
integration of Fresno’s immigrant residents; and

5. lT lS FURTHER RESOLVED, the Council of the City of Fresno invites
other cities in Fresno County and neighboring counties in the Central
Valley to follow suit and work towards the development of a regional
approach to immigrant integration that will uphold the American tradition of
being a nation of immigrants.

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STATE OF CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF FRESNO
CITY OF FRESNO
SS.

l, YVONNE SPENCE, City Clerk of the City of Fresno, certify that the foregoing
resolution was adopted by the Council of the City of Fresno, at a regular meeting held
on the 10th day of December, 2015.

AYES : Brand, Brandau, Caprioglio, Olivier, Quintero, Soria, Baines NOES : None
ABSENT : None
ABSTAIN : None

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