On Wednesday, April 26, Honolulu City Council Resolution 17-50, CD 1, Haven of Aloha, will be heard by the entire Honolulu City Council. Earlier testimony before the Council’s Committee on Executive Matters and Legal Affairs was extensive and compelling. The resolution passed unanimously and now has an excellent chance to be adopted.
Haven of Aloha – http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-192178/RES17-050%2c%20CD1.pdf – eloquently describes who we are in a world vastly changed since January 20. It is a statement of pride and compassion. It states explicitly that local government and law enforcement are “ … requested not to expend county funds in working with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division (ICE) in the performance of federal immigration duties, including but not limited to honoring non-judicial warrants and ICE detainers, plus the deputization of its personnel under Section 287(g) of the Secure Communities program; …"
Written testimony may be submitted online until Wednesday, April 26 at 10 am at http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html. If you also wish to speak, it is best to submit written testimony in advance, plus check the appropriate box on the registration form. If you forget to do so, or if you are late, you still will have a chance to testify after others have done so.
PLEASE NOTE: The Council’s agenda for April 26 is quite full. There are 43 items before ours – http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-193033/042617%20Council%20Agenda.pdf. It is likely that Resolution 17-50 will be heard in the afternoon. We are working on ways to communicate with everyone an hour or so before it actually is heard, so that you can come to City Hall if you wish at that time.
Paired with the movement of the Ho’okipa Resolution in the Legislature, the successful passage of Haven of Aloha will be a big step in our mutual efforts to confirm the precious character of local values. We look forward to taking that step together.