Cleveland will not become breeding ground for hatred and fear


Staff Report



The Real Trump/Sessions Immigration Agenda

Families, Refugees, Religious Freedom, American Values All On the Line

Donald Trump has begun to make sweeping changes to immigration and refugee policy that would build both a literal and figurative wall around America.

According to Lynn Tramonte, Director of Ohio’s Voice: “Trump’s physical wall has gotten much of the public attention so far. But the other components of Trump’s plans—the tripling of agents to build out his mass Deportation Force; the declaration of open season on all undocumented immigrants; and the rumored upcoming restrictions on legal entry by refugees and Muslims are even more insidious. They threaten to complete undermine our values as a nation.

“Donald Trump is acting like a King in his tower signing edict after edict that shake the very foundation of our country. He’s signing papers that say the United States will turn its back on refugees fleeing for their lives; banish people simply because of their faith; and tear hardworking moms and dads away from their children. He has no idea—or simply doesn’t care—how many lives he destroys in the process.”

On Medium, Cleveland attorney David Leopold analyses Trump’s new “deportation priorities,” concluding: “Trump is trying to cloak his Executive Order in the superficial trappings of a policy aimed at deporting ‘criminals.’ But that is what Obama’s policies did. The technical language of Trump’s Order goes far beyond any common sense definition of a dangerous criminal. Unsurprisingly, Trump is lying.”

Trump is also stacking his Administration with people who have made harming immigrants and maximizing deportations their career goals—people like Alabama Senator and U.S. Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions.

Recently, Leopold authored another Medium piece, “Five Chilling Ways Jeff Sessions Could Attack Immigrants as Attorney General.” With Sessions’ invisible hand all over the Trump immigration orders, the ACLU is demanding that he come before the Senate Judiciary Committee again to answer questions about his role in Trump’s policy decisions, despite not yet being confirmed.

Faith in Public Life and Ohio clergy of diverse faiths delivered a declaration of moral resistance from 100 leaders to Senator Rob Portman’s offices in Cleveland and Columbus today. The leaders called on Senator Portman to vote against confirming Sessions for U.S. Attorney General. The declaration read, in part:

[Senator Sessions’] positions, record and rhetoric reveal him to be a threat to the freedoms we hold dear, not a defender of them. He has subjected civil rights workers to unjust prosecution. He has sat idly by as the Supreme Court and then politicians across the country dismantled voting rights and intentionally erected numerous and varied barriers to voting. He has been one of Congress’s most stalwart opponents to common-sense, compassionate reform of our unjust immigration laws. He has legitimized demagogues who demonize Muslims, even receiving an award from a group that exists to manufacture conspiracy theories against Islam. In sum, Senator Sessions perpetuates systemic racism and casts his lot with those who foment bigotry. Confirming him as Attorney General would ensure that the worst of America’s past will chart America’s future.

“The people at the heart of Trump and Sessions’ anti-immigrant policies have names and families. They work hard and they contribute to this country in many ways,” said Tramonte. “Most Americans do not want to see their lives destroyed.”

Cleveland – In an interview with WKYC, Mayor Frank Jackson declared that the City of Cleveland will not help President Trump carry out his pledge of mass deportation.

Jackson said: “We are not an arm of the immigration authorities. We don’t detain someone because they are an immigrant, neither do we question them because of their immigration status.”

Councilman Zack Reed echoed these statements, stating: “We should not be like the Nazi force, we should not be like the Gestapo, we should not be going knocking on people’s doors.”

Said Lynn Tramonte, Director of Ohio’s Voice, “Mayor Jackson and Councilman Zack Reed have joined scores of other mayors and police chiefs in at least thirty states, declaring that our local police should focus on public safety, not facilitating Donald Trump’s political agenda. This is the right decision for Cleveland and other cities should follow their lead.

“The role for local police is to protect the public from violent criminals, not hardworking moms and dads whose children are American citizens. Right now, Ohio immigrants and their families are literally terrified about the future. They don’t know if or when Trump’s deportation force is going to come knocking on their door. It’s important that local communities do everything in our power to prevent the massive roundup and separation of these American families.”

Said David Leopold, Cleveland Immigration Lawyer and Past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association: “I applaud Mayor Jackson and Councilman Zack Reed for standing up to President Trump’s call for mass deportation. Cleveland is a unique city which has a deep and rich immigrant history. Mayor Jackson understands that Clevelanders are safer when our local police are able to focus on what they do best, protect the citizens they serve. Charging our local law enforcement with federal immigration duties would threaten community trust and compromise our safety because non-citizens might think twice before reporting a crime to local police. Mayor Jackson wisely recognizes that immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government, not the City of Cleveland.”

Justine Bernacet, Case Western Reserve University student and Cleveland community activist, said: “The dynamic of power in this country has shifted enormously recently, and not just with the presidency. Individuals of the nationalist and ‘alt-right’ movements have gained considerably more political and social capital. In the face of such hatred and animosity, we as a nation must have the courage to speak truth to power. We must stand by our values and recognize that this issue of corralling immigrants and refugees isn’t a partisan one—it is a human one. Major Jackson and Councilman Reed have demonstrated Cleveland’s commitment to protecting and defending all families and their children. Our police force is not a tool to be militarized by the federal government. Cleveland will not become a breeding ground for hatred and fear. We will and must always be an example of unity and hope during our country’s most trying times.”

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Staff Report

The Real Trump/Sessions Immigration Agenda

Families, Refugees, Religious Freedom, American Values All On the Line

Donald Trump has begun to make sweeping changes to immigration and refugee policy that would build both a literal and figurative wall around America.

According to Lynn Tramonte, Director of Ohio’s Voice: “Trump’s physical wall has gotten much of the public attention so far. But the other components of Trump’s plans—the tripling of agents to build out his mass Deportation Force; the declaration of open season on all undocumented immigrants; and the rumored upcoming restrictions on legal entry by refugees and Muslims are even more insidious. They threaten to complete undermine our values as a nation.

“Donald Trump is acting like a King in his tower signing edict after edict that shake the very foundation of our country. He’s signing papers that say the United States will turn its back on refugees fleeing for their lives; banish people simply because of their faith; and tear hardworking moms and dads away from their children. He has no idea—or simply doesn’t care—how many lives he destroys in the process.”

On Medium, Cleveland attorney David Leopold analyses Trump’s new “deportation priorities,” concluding: “Trump is trying to cloak his Executive Order in the superficial trappings of a policy aimed at deporting ‘criminals.’ But that is what Obama’s policies did. The technical language of Trump’s Order goes far beyond any common sense definition of a dangerous criminal. Unsurprisingly, Trump is lying.”

Trump is also stacking his Administration with people who have made harming immigrants and maximizing deportations their career goals—people like Alabama Senator and U.S. Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions.

Recently, Leopold authored another Medium piece, “Five Chilling Ways Jeff Sessions Could Attack Immigrants as Attorney General.” With Sessions’ invisible hand all over the Trump immigration orders, the ACLU is demanding that he come before the Senate Judiciary Committee again to answer questions about his role in Trump’s policy decisions, despite not yet being confirmed.

Faith in Public Life and Ohio clergy of diverse faiths delivered a declaration of moral resistance from 100 leaders to Senator Rob Portman’s offices in Cleveland and Columbus today. The leaders called on Senator Portman to vote against confirming Sessions for U.S. Attorney General. The declaration read, in part:

[Senator Sessions’] positions, record and rhetoric reveal him to be a threat to the freedoms we hold dear, not a defender of them. He has subjected civil rights workers to unjust prosecution. He has sat idly by as the Supreme Court and then politicians across the country dismantled voting rights and intentionally erected numerous and varied barriers to voting. He has been one of Congress’s most stalwart opponents to common-sense, compassionate reform of our unjust immigration laws. He has legitimized demagogues who demonize Muslims, even receiving an award from a group that exists to manufacture conspiracy theories against Islam. In sum, Senator Sessions perpetuates systemic racism and casts his lot with those who foment bigotry. Confirming him as Attorney General would ensure that the worst of America’s past will chart America’s future.

“The people at the heart of Trump and Sessions’ anti-immigrant policies have names and families. They work hard and they contribute to this country in many ways,” said Tramonte. “Most Americans do not want to see their lives destroyed.”

For more on this issue, read “Debunking the Myth of ‘Sanctuary Cities’: Community Policing Policies Protect American Communities” by Lynn Tramonte, published by the Immigration Policy Center, April 2011.

For more on this issue, read “Debunking the Myth of ‘Sanctuary Cities’: Community Policing Policies Protect American Communities” by Lynn Tramonte, published by the Immigration Policy Center, April 2011.