Dr. Jose F. Moreno’s contribution to the next Anaheim City Council agenda was to discuss the possibility of turning Anaheim into a “welcoming city” which created a measure of confusion when compared with Santa Ana’s declaration of becoming a “sanctuary city.”
The difference is stark. “Welcoming City” status, while referencing immigrants, seems to trend towards cities welcoming refugees from Syria. While “Sanctuary City” status is aimed at local law enforcement protecting undocumented immigrants, mostly from Mexico, from cooperating fully with federal immigration officials. Welcoming cities encourage the integration of immigrants into the various city communities and neighborhoods but do not offer any sort of special protections of undocumented immigrants from federal from immigration enforcement.
So for Dr. Moreno, who campaigned on messages of having Latino voices heard in city government, the welcoming city status is a disappointment to lefties who support Sanctuary City status. It seems to run counter to Moreno’s statements at the last Anaheim city council candidates forum, especially since his opponent, then Council member Jordan Brandman, didn’t quibble over making Anaheim a sanctuary city. Candidate Mark Lopez got in trouble with the local GOP for endorsing sanctuary city status in every way but its actually name.
We’re going to urge Council Member Moreno to govern with the same moxie that candidate Moreno showed and call for Sanctuary City status for Anaheim.
Which one would the residents of Anaheim prefer?