Boul­der is seek­ing to be “sanc­tu­ary city”

Lead­ers act with eye to­ward Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

Boul­der lead­ers have vowed to put some­thing in writ­ing be­fore Don­ald Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion in Jan­uary to show the city’s sup­port for im­mi­grants.

“That seems to be a mean­ing­ful goal post to shoot for,” Mayor Suzanne Jones said of the dead­line. “A great way to start the new year.”

Af­ter a brief dis­cus­sion last week, the City Coun­cil di­rected the city at­tor­ney’s of­fice to re­turn, ei­ther Jan 3. or Jan. 17, with an or­di­nance. Its con­tent isn’t much in ques­tion at this point, but it may or may not con­tain the word “sanc­tu­ary.” Trump has threat­ened to pull fed­eral fund­ing from sanc­tu­ary cities.

Coun­cil­men Aaron Brock­ett and Sam Weaver both were sup­port­ive of a sanc­tu­ary city la­bel for Boul­der.

Brock­ett said the word would send an im­por­tant mes­sage, “even though I know it has no le­gal mean­ing.”

But Coun­cil­woman Mary Young said that Boul­der might do bet­ter to keep “sanc­tu­ary” out of any ac­tion it takes so as to at least try to min­i­mize at­ten­tion from the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

She also said that im­mi­gra­tion work­ers she’s spo­ken to be­lieve that ac­tion is more im­por­tant than words, and that a city call­ing it­self a sanc­tu­ary is not as mean­ing­ful as some be­lieve. “What mat­ters is that we have the force of law be­hind it,” Young said. “That we walk the walk was more im­por­tant to them than talk­ing the talk.”

Univer­sity of Colorado se­nior Adrian Mora-Alzacar chants while hold­ing a sign as he and oth­ers march through cam­pus . More than 80 uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges took part in last month’s #Sanc­tu­aryCam­pus protest. Jeremy Pa­passo, Daily Cam­era

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