Should Traverse City become a sanctuary for illegal immigrants?
That's the hot topic being discussed currently by a special committee that will make a recommendation to the city's Human Rights Commission.
The debate continued this week, and passions are running high on both sides.
The Traverse City City Council will make the final decision.
The Lansing City Council recently voted to become a sanctuary city, then reversed their decision shortly after.
According to 9&10 News:
"Making the controversial move to become a sanctuary city, it's being discussed in Traverse City and it has some citizens concerned.
“I think if this issue goes further and this city is designated as a sanctuary city, which is basically an undocumented person’s way of getting around our laws, our requirements for them to become a citizen, I think it’s going to be a huge negative for this community and I think people will move away,” said Hicks.
The committee is not for or against becoming a sanctuary city, they just have one goal in mind.
“We have a preference for doing what is best for the city and making sure that we send a message to the rest of the world that Traverse City is a welcoming community,” said Isiah Smith, committee chair.
“There’s a lot of tricky situations and it’s not something that's clear cut by any means which is why I have not aligned myself with one opinion or the other as of yet; we're just discovering and researching and taking on public comment to make sure we're making the best decision for everyone in Traverse City,” said Goddard.
The committee will make a recommendation to the Human Rights Commission, which will then go to the City Commission to make a final decision."