The topic of illegal immigration became the center focus of a meeting of the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners last week.
The debate centered on a resolution to make Muskegon County a “welcoming community” for people of color and immigrants from other countries. The commissioner who introduced the resolution, Commissioner Marcia Hovey-Wright, said her resolution was a symbolic one, intended to stand against recent hate crimes against people of color and immigrants around the country, MLive reported.
Many residents feared commissioners were taking a stand against the current presidential administration’s immigration policies and were on the way to turning the county into a sanctuary community. A sanctuary community is one that is known for protecting undocumented immigrants from action by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. More than one hundred people came to the meeting to speak their opinions on the topic during the meeting Sept. 10, MLive reported.
In the end, the commissioners decided to take no action on the resolution and said they’d discuss the matter at a further date.