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Mayor Miro Weinberger Releases Statement in Response to President Trump's Proposal to Transport Migrants to "Sanctuary Cities"

April 13, 2019
Contact:  Jordan Redell

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Mayor Miro Weinberger Releases Statement in Response to President Trump’s Proposal to Transport Migrants to “Sanctuary Cities”


Burlington, VT – Today, Mayor Miro Weinberger released the following statement in response President Trump’s proposal to transport migrants to “sanctuary cities:”

“Yesterday President Trump announced that he was considering spending many millions of dollars to relocate families seeking asylum from our southern border to cities across the country that have opposed his past immigration policies.

“While this President has failed to make good on many of his past threats, if he follows through, Burlington will come together as a community to welcome these new neighbors, just as we have successfully welcomed refugees from conflict and poverty for the last 30 years. We know from decades of experience that newcomers to Burlington will make us more prosperous, more diverse, and stronger, just as generations of past immigrants have driven our past growth and success.

“This is not our first clash with the current federal administration. When President Trump tried to deputize our police officers to enforce his draconian immigration policies, we went to court alongside cities from across the country and stop him, preserving our right to make our own decisions about how best to keep our communities safe. When President Trump tried to block us from receiving federal grants, we fought back and the courts once more blocked his vindictive efforts.

“If we have to fight the immigration battle with this President for a third time, Burlington and cities all around America will triumph again by doing the work needed to make good on the promise of America as a land of opportunity, human rights, and inclusion for all.”

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