Project Description

A DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES TO GUIDE OHIO’S IMMIGRATION DISCUSSION

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

We are a United States of America made up of immigrants from around the world. E Pluribus Unum, which means “Out of many, one,” is a dictum on the Seal of the United States and adopted by an Act of Congress. Immigration policy is the responsibility of the Federal Government. We urge local, regional, and state governments to insist the Federal Government fulfill its responsibilities. We urge passage of a fair and equitable immigration policy applied consistently throughout the United States while protecting its borders.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

We respect the rule of law and law enforcement’s professional judgement. Using local law enforcement to apply immigration policy increases the cost of local policing and opens the door further to racial profiling, which is contrary to public safety.

FAMILIES

One of the necessities of a thriving community is healthy families. We stand with families in opposition to any program or policy that would disrupt or unnecessarily separate them. We call for policies that unify and support the health and well-being of children and families regardless of their status.

ECONOMY

Ohio is best served by a growing economy that supports its schools, health and welfare systems, local governments, and innovative spirit. We respect the economic contributions immigrants make as workers and taxpayers to build this economy. Ohio needs to acknowledge the value of policies that support businesses and legitimize the monetary contributions made by immigrants.

A FREE SOCIETY

Immigrants are members of communities throughout Ohio. We are a nation that consistently offers opportunities through innovation brought about by inclusive policies that encourage immigrants to stay. Ohio needs to reflect the principles of a free society by establishing policies that welcome and support immigrants.

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