Langley City Council should adopt a sanctuary city ordinance

Editor,

Firstly, as residents of South Whidbey we would like to express a heartfelt “Thank You” for your editorial entitled “Shame On You” in the Feb. 25 edition of The Record. Your expression of truth, ethics and maturity, the elements of democracy, was very much appreciated and the transparency of your reporting is a vital and necessary asset to the health of South Whidbey.

Again, thank you so much!

Secondly, we would like to thank the two Langley City Council member who had the vision, courage, and depth of character to commit to a “yes” vote for a sanctuary city.

Thirdly, we would like to honor the highly respected long time resident of Langley and United States diplomat, John Graham, for his outstanding viewpoint in the Feb. 22 publication of The Record, “Sanctuary City risks are small, city should give it an OK.” He generously gave his time and effort offering his wisdom and experience to educate our community both at the Methodist Church meeting as well as the viewpoint, for the improvement of Langley, our state, our country and our world.

Unfortunately, the city council chose not to exercise their courage to be a sanctuary city. Now on South Whidbey, in John’s words, “we have a weak alternative, an inclusive city which has signaled to everyone a lack of commitment, that our hearts, unlike those of our state’s leaders, are simply not in this fight.”

And lastly, we extend our sympathy and empathy to the many immigrants living and working from blue collar to professional positions, contributing to our community, who are still suffering anxiety and fear of the unpredictable future in their lives. Who do not have the arms of protection wrapped around them of a sanctuary city.

We can only pray that the mayor and city council of Langley will rethink their action and pass an ordinance making Langley a sanctuary city.

Sincerely yours,

ERNIE and JEANNE BEALS

Clinton

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