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Birmingham City Councilors Approve Sanctuary City Resolution

‘Land of the free and home of the brave’ is what many Americans are echoing across the country in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order placing a temporary travel ban on citizens traveling from seven Muslim-majority nations to the U.S. In the midst of the emotional chaos, millions of citizens are choosing to stand for love and promote unity.

Among those standing for love and unity, are Birmingham City Councilors who voted unanimously in support of a resolution this past Tuesday that the City of Birmingham become a “Sanctuary City” that strives to be a community free of hostilities and aggressions and uphold the commitment to be a community free of prejudice, bigotry and hate. Excerpts from the Sanctuary City resolution states: “The City of Birmingham has a long history of building a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary from discrimination. Immigrants and refugees of all nations have contributed to the health, well being, and general welfare of the City of Birmingham, state and nation. Inclusion and integration of all residents of this city is a vital concern for the general welfare of the city in all respects.”

Hundreds of citizens representing diverse nationalities gathered at City Hall’s packed council chambers during Tuesday morning’s Council meeting to express their views in support of the resolution in hopes that Councilors voted in favor of it. Birmingham City Councilors emphasized that their goal is to create a city with places of safety for people seeking sanctuary and helping them integrate into our communities and continue to be a city that welcomes people of good will from all regions and all cultures.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.