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Menlo Park council postpones meeting on 'sanctuary city' ordinance

After pushing to have the Menlo Park City Council consider adopting a "sanctuary city" ordinance, a number of residents asked the council to delay its discussion until courts hear suits challenging the constitutionality of President Trump's executive order calling for withholding federal funds from "sanctuary jurisdictions."

Mayor Kirsten Keith postponed council consideration of the matter until April 18.

On April 5, a federal judge is scheduled to hear a Santa Clara County case, and on April 11, the San Francisco case, but it's not known when court decisions will be made.

Jen Mazzon, who organized a community effort to pass a "sanctuary city" ordinance modeled after San Francisco's, said it would be useful to know if federal funding is at stake "before we consider whether the city should adopt this ordinance to protect our immigration population from having (their) immigration status reported to the feds by the police department."

Menlo Park City Attorney Bill McClure is reportedly writing a Menlo Park-specific ordinance that is expected to be released in the council agenda packet 72 hours before the meeting.

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Menlo Park council postpones meeting on 'sanctuary city' ordinance

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Uploaded: Wed, Apr 5, 2017, 2:59 pm

After pushing to have the Menlo Park City Council consider adopting a "sanctuary city" ordinance, a number of residents asked the council to delay its discussion until courts hear suits challenging the constitutionality of President Trump's executive order calling for withholding federal funds from "sanctuary jurisdictions."

Mayor Kirsten Keith postponed council consideration of the matter until April 18.

On April 5, a federal judge is scheduled to hear a Santa Clara County case, and on April 11, the San Francisco case, but it's not known when court decisions will be made.

Jen Mazzon, who organized a community effort to pass a "sanctuary city" ordinance modeled after San Francisco's, said it would be useful to know if federal funding is at stake "before we consider whether the city should adopt this ordinance to protect our immigration population from having (their) immigration status reported to the feds by the police department."

Menlo Park City Attorney Bill McClure is reportedly writing a Menlo Park-specific ordinance that is expected to be released in the council agenda packet 72 hours before the meeting.

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