As part of its Welcoming City initiative, Ferndale City Council has passed a resolution opposing President Trump's suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The resolution was unanimously approved at the Sept. 11 meeting of the Ferndale City Council. Today, copies of the resolution have been distributed to the President of the United States, our Michigan representative and senator, the heads of all appropriate federal agencies, the Governor of Michigan, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, and the Oakland County Executive.
Council's decision to publicly oppose the federal suspension of DACA is in keeping with Ferndale's status as a Welcoming City—an initiative launched in March that aims to build cooperation, respect, and compassion among all in our city; endeavors to create an atmosphere in which immigrants and refugees have increased opportunities to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns; and seeks to embrace diversity while supporting and retaining unique cultural identities. By joining the national Welcoming Cities and Counties project, the City of Ferndale committed to the adoption of policies and practices that promote inclusion within the local government and the broader community.
"President Trump’s decision to suspend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is contrary to the Welcoming City initiative, and contrary to the inclusive nature of Ferndale," said Councilman Dan Martin, citing from the resolution.
The DACA program, which currently protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation, is a program created by President Obama to allow immigrants brought to the United States as children to remain in the country via two-year stays and work permits. DACA provides opportunities for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States before their 16th birthday who have attended school or joined the military and have not committed any serious crimes, as well as those who were brought to the United States as children and have become taxpaying adults and productive members of society.
"Many people who arrived in the United States as children do not know any other home or have a place to return if they were to face deportation," said Martin. "Their families would be ripped apart."
"This is not the time to be silent about these things," Martin added. "This is the time to be vocal, and I appreciate this governing body's willingness to speak up about it."