WHEREAS, President Trump signed executive orders in January 2017 escalating immigration enforcement actions against undocumented immigrants, banning immigrants and refugees from majority-Muslim countries; and
WHEREAS, reports of increased enforcement actions undertaken by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), under the supervision of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as directed by President Trump has led to increased fears and concerns across immigrant communities; and
WHEREAS, the Democratic Party is built on the principle of inclusion; and
WHEREAS, the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party believes in the value of our community's diversity regardless of an individual's race, religious background or national origin; and
WHEREAS, we believe the separation of families in our community through the detention or deportation of undocumented immigrants who have not been convicted of crime is morally wrong; and
WHEREAS, we believe that all among us, save for our Native American brothers and sisters, are at some point in our nation's history, immigrants; and
WHEREAS, we reaffirm our nation's founding principles of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness as inalienable rights of every person regardless of their background.
WHEREAS, immigrant communities contribute to the enrichment of our city, state, and country through their profound entrepreneurial spirit, work ethic, and cultural heritage; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party expresses unwavering support of our local, state, and national immigrant communities, be they American citizens, legal permanent residents, undocumented residents, or otherwise here of foreign descent; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party calls on citizens of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and North Carolina to stand with immigrant communities regardless of their religious background, national origin, or immigration status by advocating to elected officials, spending their money at immigrant-owned businesses, or supporting however else they deem fit; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party demands our state and local elected officials to affirm constitutional protections and human rights by standing in support of communities targeted on basis of race, religion, or immigration status, not only through their words, but also actively working in support of these communities.
This the 2nd day of March, 2017
Mecklenburg County Democratic Party
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Charlotte, NC 28215
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Charlotte, NC 28234