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Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Pittsboro, NC - As you might imagine, in the weeks since first publishing the law enforcement resolution, we have received quite abit of feedback. Some of the feedback has been negative and some positive. It has ranged from "Of course you should pass the resolution" to "Search your heart before passing such a hateful resolution". The vast majority of feedback has been in support.
Main purpose of the resolution is to support local law enforcement agencies as they enforce the law.
The main purposes of the resolution are to clear up confusion caused by the 2009 ICE resolution and to support local law enforcement agencies as they enforce the law. While it clearly accomplishes the second goal, it does not clear up confusion. Many of the comments against the resolution were focused on matters not related to what we are trying to do. I believe part of the problem has to do with the formal language associated with a resolution. The actual purpose get's lost in the sea of "Whereas" and "Therefore". Ironically, the attorneys who spoke seem to get the most confused.
Based on feedback and reexamining the purpose of the resolution, I've re-written the text. The new proposed resolution strips out everything except the purpose. The proposed resolution will now read in its entirety:
Rescission of 2009 ICE resolution
"Be it resolved that the Chatham County Board of Commissioners rescinds the resolution on the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program approved on January 5, 2009"
I want to thank everyone who has provided feedback and comments. Please continue to do so prior to our vote on June 6.
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