City must protect vulnerable populations

FORUM

Demand for Action: To the Sunnyside City Council; As the representative body of this town, you have an obligation to the people of Sunnyside.

Yet, there has been no response to the fear running through the majority immigrant community of Sunnyside and Yakima County.

It has been imperative that efforts from ICE will only continue to increase as they continue preying on immigrants.

We are not talking about ICE targeting criminals or rapists, we are talking about the people that this community’s economy solely depends on.

Sunnyside’s own existence prevails only because of the exploited immigrant labor that is in our back yard. Our 2010 census showed that in Sunnyside over 80 percent of our population is Latino.

How then, is a council that is not representative of its own people going to:

A. Be thinking about such a demand and

B. Know how to respond to this demand?

The council must show that it is dedicated to ensuring the safety of a vulnerable community. There must be clear information coming from the council about how it will interact with ICE, how the Sunnyside Police Department will not interact with ICE, and how the council will provide information to its residents about their rights.

Until then, the council is failing its obligation to the people of this community.

Abby Ramos

Sunnyside



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