Call Rockville Mayor & City Councilmember Feinberg
UPDATE: The timeframe for this action has passed.
Call Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton (240-314-8291) and City Council Member Beryl Feinberg (240-314-8293). Ask to make an appointment to meet with them (groups of 2-3 is best). Both are currently hesitating to vote “yes”. If you can’t get an appointment or speak directly to Mayor Newton or Ms. Feinberg, leave a voicemail or hand deliver a letter. If possible, include personal stories and data to strengthen your position.
Hello, my name is ____________ and I live in ___________. I have a stake in the Rockville community because ____________. I am calling in support of the Rockville Fostering Community Trust Ordinance. I believe that it is an important step in ensuring that the policy of the Rockville police toward our immigrant community is properly codified. The ordinance will reduce confusion about the boundaries of the Rockville law enforcement policy vs the Federal Immigration enforcement policy and assure the citizens of the city that their elected officials are taking steps to make sure that Rockville’s policy toward immigrant citizens is clear, complies with Federal guidelines and ensures community trust in law enforcement.
The proposed ordinance is supported by the Fourth, Fifth,Tenth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution as well as Supreme Court case law. It does not violate any Federal guidelines, including those of the recent executive order, so federal funding for the city should not be at risk. Finally, it ensures that local law enforcement funds will not be diverted to pay for work mandated to the federal government
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WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
The ordinance will protect the civil rights of the immigrant community, encourage communication between immigrants and local enforcement and ensure that Rockville law enforcement funds will not be diverted to enforce Federal immigration law. Passage of this ordinance may influence passage of similar laws at county or state levels.