The Sanctuary City public comment started off…not well…with a few angry public speakers and, naturally, someone who didn’t understand how the Council Referral process actually worked.
Without one bit of irony several commenters decried the Council Referral item as a “scare tactic” by assuming that Donald Trump would make good on his campaign rhetoric while bringing up the specter of the young woman who was killed by an undocumented immigrant.
However there were several bright lights in the public comment section and this is one of them. Reverend Michael Yoshii referenced the inaction from local government officials during the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and how we, as a community, must take proactive steps to make sure those shameful periods in history are not repeated.
As an aside, it was noted that Alameda PD already has a policy that exists for undocumented immigrants. If an individual who is undocumented has an encounter with the Alameda PD for something like a simple traffic stop or similar if there are no outstanding warrants then even though that individual may be undocumented the Alameda PD policy is not to report the individual to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Here’s the video, it’s definitely a must watch: