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OPPOSING GOVERNOR PENCE’S ACTIONS TO WITHHOLD SUPPORT FROM SYRIAN REFUGEES AND WELCOMING SYRIAN REFUGEES TO OUR STATE AND OUR COMMUNITY

This resolution is sponsored unanimously by the Council. The measure opposes Governor Pence’s actions to withhold support from Syrian refugees and welcomes Syrian refugees to our State and our community. The resolution documents the widespread suffering of Syrians, the unconstitutional nature of the Governor’s actions, the rigorous process through which prospective Syrian refugees are vetted, and the systemic rhetoric that confuses Syrians and Muslims with terrorists. Asserting that such rhetoric is irresponsible, the resolution points out that Bloomington is a welcoming community with a long history of responding to hate with an unwavering commitment to diversity and human rights. The resolution maintains that the City of Bloomington is committed to the alleviation of human suffering and to meaningful dialogue among and between residents. The measure calls upon members of the community to express their opposition to Governor Pence’s actions and for the City Clerk to send a copy of the Governor of Indiana, Speaker of the House, President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, and Assembly members representing districts touching the City, the President of Indiana University, and leaders of other municipalities around the State as deemed appropriate.

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Final 2016-03-23 Passed 8-0 (Volan absent)
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