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Bloomington Mayor Responds To Recent Executive Orders On Immigration
Updated February 3, 2017 7:32 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The following is a message from the mayor of Bloomington, IN.

Whenever the ugliness of discrimination or exclusion becomes an issue in our community, we stand together to reject it. And so today, as mayor of Bloomington, Indiana, I give voice to our community's values when I vigorously condemn and oppose the recent executive orders on immigration issued by the U.S. President.

We in Bloomington stand shoulder to shoulder with Indiana University President Michael McRobbie and the IU community, with mayors across the country, and with the many millions of patriotic Americans, to speak out against these unwise, shameful, and unconstitutional orders.

People from all across the globe hold Bloomington, Indiana close to their hearts, as a place of openness, refuge and diversity. Our embrace of new residents from all over the world, our culture of celebrating diversity, our Hoosier hospitality, and our willingness to stand up for each other whenever injustice threatens combine to make Bloomington a place where people choose to live. Here we cherish those things that make us different. We jealously protect the rights of all to worship, believe, speak, think, and pursue their dreams as they choose, peacefully and respectfully. We do not fear differences. We nourish them, because we know that they are the path to a stronger future together.

Recent public gatherings -- local, state and national -- have drawn out thousands of our residents. We are a community that will not quietly abide this dangerous and divisive public policy being foisted upon us. We will work together to be as effective as we can be in protecting the rights and safety of all who are in Bloomington, protecting our own bright future together and staying true to our own values.

It is my distinct privilege to serve as mayor of Bloomington, Indiana, this beacon of diversity and open doors and global connections. On behalf of all of us here, I want to say unequivocally that our doors are open to those who peacefully seek refuge or a chance for a better life.

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