Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #231
Order Adopted
Oct 19, 2020 5:30 PM

That the City of Cambridge call upon Senator Warren and Senator Markey to call for an end to immigration detention in the United States, the immediate reunification of immigrant families and the release of migrant children and parents from detention, and also to afford these families due process by allowing them the full and fair opportunity to seek protection from the United States.

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Department:City Clerk's OfficeSponsors:Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Dennis J. Carlone, Councillor Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Cambridge has a long and proud history of welcoming immigrants of all backgrounds into our community; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Over the course of centuries, immigrants in the United States have contributed to the very fabric of the country through their work across various sectors; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Research and studies have confirmed that our diversity makes us stronger, and thus the diverse and immigrant communities that make up the United States are an asset; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The United States has had a long and proud history of welcoming immigrants, and providing asylum to those fleeing violence or persecution in their countries of origin; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The United States has historically served as an international leader in protecting refugees and advocating for human rights; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The treatment of immigrants and the separation of children from their parents at the border and in the interior of the country is inhumane, unconstitutional, and goes against the United States’ long-standing ideal of upholding and advocating for human rights; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

There are more than 2,000 immigrants detained in the state who cannot afford a lawyer, and as immigration arrests rise across the state, guaranteeing due process and access to legal representation has become even more urgent; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Immigrant families and their children are detained in unacceptable conditions, in many cases without adequate food, water, or access to necessary hygiene and sanitary products; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The unsanitary conditions and lack of access to adequate health care is causing migrant men, women, and children in these detention centers to get sick and seven children have died after being in Border Patrol custody; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The US has held nearly 70,000 immigrant children in detention in 2019, and minors detained without their parents in these detention centers often receive inadequate education, mental health services, and other care; and over 1,000 children per year have been sexually assaulted; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The detention of immigrants and their children during the COVID-19 pandemic has and will cause irreversible damage to the health, well-being and very lives of immigrants and their families, especially since there are no separated quarantine quarters or isolated areas for COVID-19 positive individuals; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Department of Homeland Security’s response to COVID-19 has been inadequate – in addition to ignoring the health crisis within facilities, they are also putting the public health of all communities at risk by transferring people across the country and overseas, including moving people from pandemic hot spots to detention centers with fewer documented cases of COVID-19 - it’s vital that they immediately release people from detention to protect their lives, and to flatten the curve; now therefore be it

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City of Cambridge condemns the inhumane treatment of immigrants at our borders and in the interior of the country especially during the COVID-19 pandemic which creates a breeding ground for disease in detention centers and places immigrants at significant risk; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

We affirm that as history and law have dictated, all men, women, and children who come to our borders have a right to due process and to the full and fair opportunity to seek protection in the United States; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City of Cambridge call upon Senator Warren and Senator Markey to call for an end to immigration detention in the United States, the immediate reunification of immigrant families and the release of migrant children and parents from detention, and also to afford these families due process by allowing them the full and fair opportunity to seek protection from the United States.

 

 

Meeting History

Oct 19, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan