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File #: 1304-2017    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/8/2017 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 6/5/2017 Final action: 6/8/2017
Title: To enact new section 161.10 of the Columbus City Codes to prohibit denial of city services, misuse of city resources, and solicitation of information about a person’s immigration status by City employees or officials.
Sponsors: Zach M. Klein
Explanation

The purpose of this ordinance is to enact new Section 161.10 in Chapter 161 of the Columbus City Codes. This new section will prohibit the denial of city services based upon immigration status, solicitation of information about immigration status, use of city resources for the sole purpose of detecting or apprehending an individual based upon suspected immigration status, and investigating a person’s immigration status.

Title

To enact new section 161.10 of the Columbus City Codes to prohibit denial of city services, misuse of city resources, and solicitation of information about a person’s immigration status by City employees or officials.


Body

WHEREAS, for over 200 years, the economy and culture of Columbus has been enriched by immigrants and refugees from around the world; and

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of municipal leaders to protect the well-being and safety of all people residing in their cities; and

WHEREAS, our city will be best served by reinforcing and instituting strong public policies that respect the rights of all individuals, regardless of national origin or immigration status, and promote strong police-community relations; and

WHEREAS, whether we are native born or New American, we all have a responsibility to actively engage in the success of our city; and

WHEREAS, Mayor Ginther issued Executive Order 2017-01 on February 3, 2017, adopting these same prohibitions for the city departments under the Mayor’s authority; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS:

SECTION 1. That new section 161.10 of the Columbus City Codes is hereby enacted, reading as follows:

161.10 - Denial of city services, misuse of city resources, and/or solicitation of information about immigration status.

A. Definitions. As used in this section:

1. “Public official” means any elected or appointed officer, or employee, or agent of the city whether in a temporary or permanent capacity.

2. “Public servant” me...

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