BLOOMFIELD, NJ - A resolution designating Bloomfield as a 'Welcoming City' will be read at the Bloomfield council meeting on Monday February 27.
The resolution reads, in part "Our diversity is a source of our municipality’s strength and the Bloomfield Township Council is committed to ensuring that all our residents can live and pursue their livelihoods in peace and prosperity."
The resolution states that the use of local law enforement to facilitate immigration issues can create gaps in the trust between the police deparment and immigrant communities. It also states that "undue collaboration between local law enforcement and ICE will make immigrants less likely to report crimes, act as witnesses in criminal investigations and prosecutions, and provide intelligence to law enforcement."
The resolution continues " local police and government agents will not enforce federal immigration law nor help facilitate ICE deportations, except where legally required to do so."
The resolution further states that Bloomfield is committed to "insuring that all are treated fairly and without discrimination or profiling based on actual or perceived national origin, immigration status, race, ethniTownship, language proficiency, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, housing status, financial status, marital status, status as a victim of domestic violence, criminal history, or status as a veteran is a priority for our community."
Copies of the full resolution are attached.
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The township of Bloomfield Council meeting will take place Monday February 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building on the Second Floor. The Municipal Building is located at 1 Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield, NJ 07003