Portland, Maine - A small, picturesque Maine town located about midway up the coast is taking a big stand against President Donald Trump.
The Town of Mount Desert, with a year-round population of around 2,100, voted 101 to 59 in favor of a resolution declaring their town as a "Sanctuary Community" - meaning that they welcome all regardless of nationality.
“So what this resolution does, it’s a statement of values for the town. And it also says that we want our local law enforcement to be spent on local issues,” said Feldman, a professor at the College of the Atlantic. “My sense was that there was an awful lot of support for the resolution as a whole, and even those who had reservations seemed supportive of the overall message.”
The resolution came about when a petition was circulated by a group of residents in response to President Trump's anti-immigration actions.
The resolution ensures the safety of residents regardless of their immigration status and prohibits town police officers from enforcing Federal immigration laws.
The Maine Municipal Association says the resolution is the first of its kind in Maine.
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