After several hours of hearing local residents, Monterey Park City Council Wednesday (2/15/17) unaninimously adopted an interim resolution to continue a current policy of not cooperating with federal immigration officials.
The resolution, which left out the word "sanctuary city", was authored by Vice Mayor Teresa Real Sebastian and approved by a unanimous vote despite some concerns by Council members.. A final resolution with more details is schedule to be returned to the city council before July 4.
The resolution was titled "A RESOLUTION DECLARING THE CITY OF MONTEREY PARK IS DEDICATED TO PRESERVING THE RIGHTS OF ALL PERSONS WITHIN ITS JURISDICTION; ADOPTS INTERIM POLICIES; AND DIRECTS THE CITY MANAGER AND CITY ATTORNEY TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. A copy of the resolution can be downloaded by clicking here.
The resolution is in response to concerns over the U.S. Presidents executive order requiring that cities cooperate with federal immigration authorities seeking to capture undocumented residents, or else face loss of federal funds.
Nearly 30 speakers spoke before the council, most supporting the resolution. In addition each of the council members spoke at length about their ancestry and immigrant roots.