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From This Week’s Gazette

March 15, 2017
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Letter to the Editor

 

 

Immigration Policy in Croton

 

 

On March 6, the Village of Irvington bravely took a stance in response to the changes coming out of Washington DC.  They adopted a written Policy on Immigration Enforcement and Discrimination.  Their policy clearly states what their police will and will not do when it comes to protecting the rights of the undocumented in their community.  Their policy also adds a line about discrimination –namely that they will not assist with the creation of a registry based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity or national origin.  I commend Irvington for their well-crafted policy as well as their strength and determination to put down in writing how their village operates and what their village stands for. I’m hopeful that Croton on Hudson will do the same!  On March 20th, the board will meet for a work session in consideration of adopting a policy similar to Irvington’s.  Many of us are hopeful that the board will be willing to take their Statement of Inclusivity one step further and put into writing the tolerance and acceptance we already operate under.  New York State has always been a trailblazer when it comes to human rights.  For example, women were granted the right to vote in NY in 1917 –  three years before the 19th amendment gave all women in the US that right.  Today, under the guidance of our Attorney General, NY is leading the way in showing humanity in how we handle immigration issues in our communities (note that many cities and towns in the state such as NYC, Mamaroneck, and others have had such policies for years).  Thank you, Irvington, for leading by example!  Thank you also to the Mayor and Trustees of Croton for taking the time to hash out the pros and cons of taking on such a policy in our village.  In the words of FDR, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  This is a time to show strength and hope in the face of fear.  Be brave.

Sincerely

Molly Greece

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