The Lansing City Council could vote on a proposed Sanctuary City resolution this evening.
Fourth Ward council member Jessica Yorko says she is a supporter.
“It’s more about asserting local control over local decisions than being bullied by a dictator,” she says.
She’s upset with the Trump administration’s threats to stop federal funding for Sanctuary Cities.
Lansing could lose around $6.5 million.
Meanwhile, first ward council member Jodi Washington opposes, fearing the financial impact.
“We’re looking at $700 million in liabilities. We’re looking at a failing infrastructure. We’re looking at all kinds of financial issues,” she says.
Washington says Lansing’s ‘Welcoming City’ status, its Human Rights Ordinance and non-intrusive policing offer protection to local immigrants and refugees.