HO‘OKIPA IS A HAWAIIAN VALUE THAT BRINGS GREAT PRIDE TO OUR COMMUNITIES. IT IS THE SPIRIT OF WELCOMING, OF EXTENDING HEARTFELT ALOHA TO NEWCOMERS & GUESTS.
In 2017, the Hawai‘i State Legislature recognized the significance of this value by adopting the Ho‘okipa Resolution. It acknowledged that immigrants, whether they are documented or not, are important members of our ‘ohana. It encourages local law enforcement agencies to leave immigration matters to the federal government, where the Constitution places it. A bill was introduced in the 2018 legislative session, and passed by the Senate but killed in the House. It has been reintroduced in 2019. It is time to put the Ho‘okipa Resolution into law!
Call or email your state representative and encourage him or her to support Hawaiian values by making the Ho‘okipa Resolution a bona fide law.
I.You pay the IRS for immigration enforcement - don't pay for it again with state and city taxes!
The federal government is responsible for immigration. In the past decade, however, more than a quarter of a million local tax dollars were spent assisting the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. We need this money for local schools, roads and more.
2. Trusting the Police = Safer Communities.
The key to effective community policing is trust. When a crime occurs, the community must feel free to report it or the police cannot do their work. Undocumented immigrants and their US families won't report crimes if they believe it runs the risk of deportation. Local police should be able to protect our communities, not act as federal agents.
3. Most undocumented immigrants in Hawai‘i have overstayed their visas, which is not a crime.
Most have lived in our community for more than a decade and have US families. They have US children, have married a US citizen, or live with naturalized relatives. Indeed, undocumented immigrants have crime rates far below the national average.
4. We can fix federal immigration law without breaking up local families.
Congress recognizes federal immigration law is broken but hasn't been able to agree on how to fix it. Breaking up local families by deporting undocumented immigrants doesn't help!