Following passage of Columbus Ordinance …
SEIU Local 1 Ohio Director Yanela Sims thanks Columbus City Council and Mayor Ginther for Protecting All Workers With Immigration Ordinance
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The following is a statement from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 Ohio Director Yanela Sims:
“We applaud the recent action by Columbus City Council and Mayor Timothy Ginther to affirm the rights of all Columbus residents, including immigrants. This action is a step in the right direction towards respecting all Columbus residents’ rights regardless of immigration status. The ordinance prohibits city funds from being used for the ‘sole purpose of detecting or apprehending persons based on suspected immigration status, unless in response to a court order.’ It also eliminates immigration status as a reason to deny individuals city services.
“Mayor Ginther and the Columbus City Council are demonstrating that our state’s individual cities continue to lead the way in human rights. Cleveland and Cincinnati are recognized as sanctuary cities, along with others in the state. This decision by Columbus to protect immigrants is another example that shows local leaders in Ohio protect and have compassion for our most vulnerable.
“I hope that in upcoming state, local and federal elections Ohioans affirm these views by electing candidates who support all workers, including immigrants, and that we can continue down the path of ensuring the rights of all.”
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Service Employees International Union Local 1 unites nearly 50,000 workers throughout the Midwest. SEIU janitors, security officers, food service workers, and others are working with community leaders to advocate for the quality services the public deserves and the good jobs our communities need.