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File #: 48735    Version: 1 Name: Reaffirming the City of Madison as an open and welcoming city and recognizing the contributions of immigrants to Madison, Wisconsin and the United States.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 1/16/2018 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 2/27/2018 Final action: 2/27/2018
Enactment date: 3/2/2018 Enactment #: RES-18-00135
Title: Reaffirming the City of Madison as an open and welcoming city and recognizing the contributions of immigrants to Madison, Wisconsin and the United States.
Sponsors: Samba Baldeh, Marsha A. Rummel, Paul R. Soglin, Larry Palm, Paul E. Skidmore, Sara Eskrich, Rebecca Kemble, Arvina Martin, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Shiva Bidar, David Ahrens, Sheri Carter, Maurice S. Cheeks, Mark Clear, Denise DeMarb, Amanda Hall, Steve King, Matthew J. Phair, Michael E. Verveer, Zach Wood, Ledell Zellers
Fiscal Note
No appropriation required.
Title
Reaffirming the City of Madison as an open and welcoming city and recognizing the contributions of immigrants to Madison, Wisconsin and the United States.
Body
WHEREAS, the City of Madison recognizes its diversity as one of its greatest strengths and appreciates the culture and history of our various communities, including immigrant communities, all of whom add to the greatness of our City; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Madison objects to the negative characterization of certain countries especially African nations, El Salvador, and Haiti in recent comments by the President of the United States; and,

WHEREAS, El Salvadorans were granted Temporary Protected Status as a result of the 2001 earthquake. The Protected Status was rescinded in January 2018, putting 200,000 El Salvadoran's at risk of deportation from the United States; and,

WHEREAS, Haitians were granted Temporary Protected Status as a result of the 2010 earthquake. Haitian Protected Status was rescinded in 2017 and approximately 59,000 Haitians are now at risk of deportation from the United States; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Madison proclaimed March 21, 2017 to be Cities’ Immigration Day of Action, declaring its solidarity with the immigrant community, and asserting its commitment to the values of diversity, inclusiveness, and equality; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Madison and the United States have benefited from the repeated waves of immigration from communities around the world; and,

WHEREAS, it is important to reaffirm the value of immigrants because they contribute to Madison's cultural, economic and social well-being; and,

WHEREAS, there are 43,905 immigrants in Madison's Metro Area, comprising 7.1% of the population; and,

WHEREAS, immigrants are vital students and teachers in higher education, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). There are more than 50 international graduate students at the University of Wi...

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