Government & Politics

Minneapolis City Council condemns Trump travel ban; directs city to protect refugees

Minneapolis (IINA) - The Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a resolution condemning President Donald Trump's travel ban Tuesday night, as activists aired grievances over the prohibition at City Hall.

In tandem with the resolution, the city's staff was directed to form a Sanctuary City Task Force comprised of legal experts and immigrant leaders to protect better and defend undocumented families, Muslim residents, and refugees in Minneapolis, Minnesota Daily News reported.

The meeting comes weeks after Trump signed an executive order barring immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia for 90 days.

The last few weeks have been dizzying, I think, for the city of Minneapolis and the entire country, said Mayor Betsy Hodges. We in Minneapolis are not dizzy we are doing what we've always done and come together in times of difficulty for the people of our city.

City Attorney Susan Segal discussed the provisions of Trump's January executive order and how it would affect Minneapolis as a sanctuary city.

Minneapolis doesn't violate a specific law referenced by the order, but the city could still see a federal reaction, Segal said.

The order really is, in my decades of legal practice, unprecedented, she said.

The council invited several activists to speak, including Emilia Gonzalez Avalos, executive director of Navigate Minnesota, a support group for young immigrants.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL- Minneapolis, spoke against the immigration ban at Tuesday's hearing. This ban on refugees is rooted in racism and Islamophobia. It perpetuates harmful misconceptions about refugees and immigrants and people of diverse religions and backgrounds, Omar said.

Council members, like Ward 3's Jacob Frey, spoke one-by-one as they added their names to the resolution condemning the ban.

I am a proud American because I still believe that the ideals of our country, the ideals upon which we were founded, are about inclusivism, Frey said.

Source: International Islamic News Agency