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Menlo Park council supports lawsuits challenging Trump's executive order

Original post made on Mar 15, 2017

The Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to sign on to "friend of the court" brief supporting lawsuits that challenge the constitutionality of an executive order by President Trump involving withholding federal funds from "sanctuary cities."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 12:00 PM

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Posted by Pass the popcorn
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 16, 2017 at 9:18 am

MP City Council - You should totally go with the virtue signalling and become a sanctuary city. SMH.


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Posted by LawAndOrder
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 16, 2017 at 9:58 am

If you can't follow very clear, long standing Federal laws that are designed to protect American citizens then you have volunteered to suffer the consequences. Speculating on the motive of a law breaker and deciding for yourself to give them "sanctuary" isn't your call. Why not do the same thing with thieves if they say they are only stealing to support their family? We either have laws or we don't. If they are unpopular then change them, but until then... follow the law or pay the price. This entire sanctuary city thing is totally misguided and a loser in the long run.


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Posted by Executive Orders unconstitutional?
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Mar 16, 2017 at 10:20 am

Are Executive Orders legal?

I was against them when Obama used them, as were all thinking Americans. In good faith, don't we have to question this president's use of something we thought was unconstitutional under Obummer?

Or is this Party over Principle?


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Posted by Srini
a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm

Executive orders are absolutely legal. If you stop harborin criminals, you wouldn't have to have these discussions.


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Posted by kapi
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Mar 16, 2017 at 12:48 pm

I challenge anyone who refers to persons without documentation as "criminals" to go and meet a few, in person. Many, many, many of them are honest hard working people who are just trying to protect and feed their families. Many are young adults or teenagers who were brought here, escaping severe economic hardship, when they were babies or toddlers. Many are relatives of residents or citizens who have not been able to wait the ridiculously long wait times to have their status approved. As usual, reality is far more complicated than gut reactions or harsh legalism tend to acknowledge. Please let's be our best selves, not our worst.


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Posted by jackrabbit
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Mar 16, 2017 at 12:59 pm

Pathetic guilt-ridden/absolving decision. Do something worthwhile instead of condoning illegal actions. California is going 'to hell in a hand basket' owing to decisions such as the one just made by the MP Council! Cowards all; afraid to offend.
Menlo Park is no longer the idyllic little hamlet that served so many people with distinction for generations. It has evolved and grown into an unsightly cancer. 'PC' is running amok.


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Posted by Kapi wrong
a resident of Atherton: other
on Mar 16, 2017 at 1:10 pm

I don't think anyone implied they are not human. Did they come to the US using the immigration process? Yes or No. Not a tough question. If no they are illegal.


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Posted by Executive Orders unconstitutional?
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Mar 16, 2017 at 1:22 pm

It's the Asians. ;) Build a(nother) Great Wall, Mr. President!

...since 2000, unauthorized immigration from Asia has grown at rates much faster than from Mexico and Central America.

...the percentage of Mexicans those arriving has slowed since the recession. During that time, however, Asian unauthorized immigration has increased considerably. From 2000 to 2013, it increased 202 percent

Menlo - the Asian sanctuary city

Who knew? Build that wall tall enough to block planes!


(also: Indians are the fastest-growing illegal immigrant population in the US - Web Link )


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Posted by interested
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 16, 2017 at 1:38 pm

I appreciate the sensitivity around this topic given our current divisive political climate. SF/SF County and Santa Clara County filed for declaratory and injunctive relief (there is no lawsuit as has been mentioned) for violating the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. Menlo Park, and many other cities I am sure, are joining the request with strong belief that under principles of federalism set forth by the Constitution, sovereign states and counties/cities have autonomy to devote resources to local priorities - and to control the exercise of its own police powers. This is part of the distribution of power which includes the three branches of government.

While there are many strong opinions and emotions around the topic of immigration, we must not lose sight of the core tenets that form our union. It would not matter if this was a Dem or Rep president, this is a larger topic and the administration should know better.


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Posted by Stats
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Mar 16, 2017 at 9:27 pm

@Interested,
Thanks for bypassing the emotional issue of immigration and for focusing on the Constitutional issue being fought by Menlo Park and much of the state of California. I find it ironic that so many opponents of illegal immigration believe we should run roughshod over the Fedralistic principles of our Constitution in order to compel our police to be a "force multiplier" for removal of the undocumented.


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