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Menlo Park City Council to discuss ban on religious registry

The Menlo Park City Council has agreed to discuss adopting an ordinance that would prohibit any employee of the city of Menlo Park, including the police, from using resources or funds to make a "registry or database" of "U.S. citizens based on their religious beliefs, race, or nation of descent."

The ordinance would also prohibit the use of resources to intern or relocate such citizens.

The idea comes from Councilman Ray Mueller, who has drafted an ordinance, but plans to work with the city attorney to iron out the language.

During the presidential election, there was talk of creating a registry of Muslims, Mr. Mueller said. "The reason I brought this forward: I think it's a no-brainer," he said. "That's a violation of civil rights."

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Menlo Park City Council to discuss ban on religious registry

Uploaded: Mon, Dec 19, 2016, 9:22 am

The Menlo Park City Council has agreed to discuss adopting an ordinance that would prohibit any employee of the city of Menlo Park, including the police, from using resources or funds to make a "registry or database" of "U.S. citizens based on their religious beliefs, race, or nation of descent."

The ordinance would also prohibit the use of resources to intern or relocate such citizens.

The idea comes from Councilman Ray Mueller, who has drafted an ordinance, but plans to work with the city attorney to iron out the language.

During the presidential election, there was talk of creating a registry of Muslims, Mr. Mueller said. "The reason I brought this forward: I think it's a no-brainer," he said. "That's a violation of civil rights."

Kate Bradshaw

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