Birmingham Sanctuary City

Join us for the March For Sanctuary! Tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 1, 2017 in downtown Birmingham. We’ll be posting more details soon!

#Sanctuary4Bham   #ICEOutOfBham   #MigraFueraDeBham

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Adelante and a coalition of community partners are leading the charge to make Birmingham a sanctuary city – the first in Alabama!

On January 31, 2017, the Birmingham City Council passed a resolution declaring its commitment to making Birmingham a sanctuary city. Now we are calling on the Council and all of our local elected leaders to make good on that promise by implementing strong, concrete, and lawful protections for the city’s immigrant communities. Birmingham, a bastion of civil rights and progress, must equally respect the civil rights of all residents and resoundingly reject being used as an arm of the Trump Administration’s detention and deportation machinery.

On June 13, 2017 we packed the council chambers and officially presented the proposed Sanctuary City Ordinance to the City Council. If you are a Birmingham resident, contact your councilperson (or Pres. Austin if you don’ live in Birmingham) to urge them to swiftly pass this historic policy!

District 1: Lashunda Scales – 205-254-2349

District 2: Kim Rafferty – 205-254-2038

District 3: Valerie Abbott – 205-254-2355

District 4: William Parker – 205-254-2464

District 5: Johnathan Austin (Council President) – 205-254-2679

District 6: Sheila Tyson – 205-254-2358

District 7: Jay Roberson – 205-254-2418

District 8: Steven Hoyt – 205-254-2304

District 9: Marcus Lundy – 205-254-2302

Find your city council district here.

 

Legal & Policy Analysis

To learn more about what a “sanctuary city” is, and why smart sanctuary policies increase public safety and uphold, not violate, the law, check out Adelante’s Legal & Policy Briefing: Making Birmingham a Sanctuary City (March 6, 2017) (also available en español: Informe Jurídico y Político: Convertir a Birmingham en Ciudad Santuario)

 

Birmingham Sanctuary Campaign Members include:

Alabama Coalition for Immigration Justice

ACLU of Alabama

AIDS Alabama

Adelante Alabama Worker Center

Black Lives Matter-Birmingham Chapter

Council of American Islamic Relations of Alabama

Faith in Action Alabama

Greater Birmingham Ministries

Moral Movement Alabama

Showing Up for Racial Justice-Birmingham Chapter

Southerners on New Ground-Alabama

Southern Poverty Law Center

(more coming soon!)

 

Additional resources on sanctuary jurisdictions and ending police-ICE collusion:

American Immigration Council, “Understanding Trust Acts, Community Policing, and ‘Sanctuary Cities,'” October 10, 2015

Center for Popular Democracy, Protecting Immigrant Communities: Municipal Policy to Confront Mass Deportation and Criminalization, March 2017

Immigrant Legal Resource Center, “Immigration Detainers Legal Update,” February 2017

Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Searching for Sanctuary: An Analysis of America’s Counties & Their Voluntary Assistance with Deportations, December 2016

Nik Theodore, Insecure Communities: Latino Perceptions of Police Involvement in Immigration Enforcement, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, May 2013

Souther Poverty Law Center, “The Current State of Sanctuary Law,” May 15, 2017

Tom K. Wong, The Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy, Center for American Progress, January 26, 2017

Letters to Congress from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, Major County Sheriff’s Association, Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force and others opposing federal legislation to deny funding to “sanctuary” jurisdictions

Map of jurisdictions that limit or bar local law enforcement entanglement in immigration enforcement

Adelante joined the amicus briefs filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center Santa Clara v. Trump and San Francisco v. Trump, the lawsuits challenging a provision of President Trump’s immigration executive order threatening to revoke federal funds from “sanctuary” jurisdictions. On April 25, 2017, a federal judge blocked the provision of Trump’s order!

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