This was forwarded to me. Remember this isn't the finished resolution only a draft.
A resolution to support comprehensive immigration reform and urge action from the 113th Congress.
WHEREAS, The United States of America is a land of immigrants, and the migration of people and families from all corners of the world has enriched American culture; and
WHEREAS, The City of Painesville and America have prospered because of the economic and social contributions of hardworking immigrants and their families who have supported our nursery and landscape industry with their hard labor; and,
WHEREAS, The U.S. Congress last enacted major immigration reform legislation more than a quarter-century ago, and immigration reform is currently stalled in the House;and,
WHEREAS, America's current immigration system is outdated, hinders our economy, and does not reflect our local or national values; and
WHEREAS, Immigration is a federal responsibility and solving our broken immigration system would strengthen the City of Painesville in Lake County, Ohio, and increase our economic growth, jump-start housing recovery and reduce the deficit, as well as enabling immigrants to make an even greater contribution to our communities; and
WHEREAS, Becoming a citizen of the United States means taking a solemn oath to uphold our nations Constitution;and,
WHEREAS, Citizenship is an important symbol of full membership and participation in society that should be encouraged; and,
WHEREAS, Broad immigration reform must include a realistic pathway to citizenship for all hardworking, law-abiding, taxpaying, aspiring citizens who live in the United States if they meet reasonable requirements; and.
WHEREAS, An enforcement-only approach is dividing families, and keeping families together reflects American values, and is important for a stable, productive community; and,
WHEREAS, Broad immigration reform must provide a mechanism for aspiring citizens who have grown up in this country, to become citizens and be able to fully contribute to our shared future; and,
WHEREAS, Broad immigration reform must update the legal immigration system so that employment visa policies more realistically match our nation's needs, are structured to guarantee the same rights, obligations, and fairness for U.S. and immigration workers, and provide for the ability for workers to petition for permanent residency; and,
WHEREAS, The federal government must ensure accountability for enforcement operations, that they remain consistent with the American commitment to family unity, fairness and due process; and
WHEREAS, Broad immigration reform legislation must encourage immigrants to build deeper relationships in their communities and to attain citizenship, which include both responsibilities and rights; and,
WHEREAS, Patchwork attempts to mend the shortcomings and deficiencies of our broken immigration system would undermine our potential for prosperity and leave us ill-prepared to meet the challenges of the modern world, now, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE PAINESVILLE CITY COUNCIL, That Painesville urges the 113th Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform as outlined in this resolution that provides a reasonable path to citizenship and social integration for workers, family members of U.S. residents, young people raised in this country, and other immigrants whose contributions are critical to the healthy functioning of our economy and society.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution shall be delivered to the U.S. Speaker of the House, Members of Ohio's Congressional delegation, including Rep. David Joyce, Ohio Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, President of the Senate, members of the Ohio General Assembly, Governor of the Sate of Ohio.
This is I believe the first draft.
First there was no mention of Border Security? Why not. This would have to be included in this resolution.
There seems a lot of responsibility for legal citizens but what responsibility do the undocumented have?
Please let your council members know what you think.