Marion City Council to consider DACA resolution

The Marion City Council is considering a resolution in support of immigrants and in opposition of the rescinding of DACA.

At Tuesday's regular meeting, city of Marion officials said they not supportive of the recent announcement by the Trump administration to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy.

Started under the Obama administration, DACA allows certain illegal immigrants who entered the United States as minors to get a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. The American Civil Liberties Union, the Anti-Defamation League, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and several religious denominations have condemned the rescinding of DACA by the Trump administration, according to media reports.

The Marion City Council will likely follow suit. At Tuesday’s meeting, Councilman Don Ramsey made a motion to consider a resolution supporting immigrants and opposing the rescinding of DACA. His motion was unanimously supported by the other council members.

City officials said this latest decision is hurtful to those who had no say in coming here, who are trying to be successful and know no other country besides this one.

“They are people,” said Councilman Billy Martin. “They are human beings. It’s just ridiculous.”

Little said he was unable to vote on this matter. But he supports a resolution opposing the rescinding of DACA.

“If I could have voted, I would have voted yes,” he said about the council’s stand on this matter.

The non-binding resolution will be drafted and brought back to council at a future meeting.