The Sudbury Welcoming Town Resolution (2018 Spring Town Warrant Article 44) is a formal expression of the will of the people of Sudbury. It provides not only support for the police policies and an urging that other departments follow suit, but a needed layer of security that the policies will remain in place when police personnel, town employees, and elected officials change. Town members and the police chief wrote the policies together, and the Town needs to vote to endorse them.
Download the Sudbury Welcoming Town resolution (updated 5/7/2018) as PDF:
• The term “Welcoming Town" is a broad term applied to jurisdictions that have enacted policies designed to avoid being made part of federal civil immigration enforcement actions.
• Cities, counties, and some states have a range of policies as well as actual laws that serve this purpose.
• The proposed resolution will ensure that Sudbury is a safe and welcoming community for all who visit, work, or live in our town.
• The Sudbury Police Department has established policies to protect the rights of undocumented immigrants and ensure their fair and just treatment.
• Adopting the Sudbury Welcoming Town Resolution will affirm our town’s support of these police policies and will urge all town departments to enact similar policies.
Why Is It Important For Sudbury To Adopt A Welcoming Town Resolution?
• Immigrants, regardless of documentation, live, work, and shop in Sudbury. Others visit and pass through. This resolution ensures that they won’t be discriminated against.
• Welcoming Communities are safer communities because undocumented immigrants know they will not be asked about their immigration status and therefore they will be willing to report crimes and assist police investigations.
• Being in our country without documentation is in itself not a crime. It is not the role of the Town of Sudbury and the Sudbury Police to enforce civil immigration law.
• When immigrants are being deported and families torn apart, it is crucial that our town publically reasserts its values for the fair and just treatment of all. Now, more then ever, our immigrant neighbors need to know they have our support.
What This Resolution Doesn’t Mean?
• This does not mean that undocumented immigrants who are wanted for committing crimes will be given a free pass. They will be pursued and held accountable in accordance with criminal law.
• Our chances of receiving a very limited number of grants could diminish. In FY 2016, we received one such grant for a little over $6,000. Other years the grants we have received have been similar. These grants must be linked to the Department of Justice and will not affect school or other town budgets.
VOTE YES ON ARTICLE 44 AT TOWN MEETING.
FIRST NIGHT OF TOWN MEETING ON MAY 7 at Lincoln-Sudbury High School.
Article 44 will most likely be presented on Second or Third Night (Tuesday May 8 / Wednesday May 9).