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Bloomington mayor cancels "Welcoming City" meeting, citing lack of council support

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner canceled a special meeting to adopt a Welcoming City ordinance in the city, citing a lack of support on the City Council. 

"Instead of adopting the proposed ordinance, I am recommending that the Chief of Police develop and widely disseminate detailed policies and procedures regarding BPD interactions with ICE. These policies and procedures should speak directly to the concerns of individuals who may fear reporting crimes," said Renner. "It is further recommended that the Public Safety and Community Relations Board assist in distributing the policies and procedures and in educating our residents about the facts with regard to BPD and ICE interactions. Data on BPD interactions with ICE can become part of the routine statistical reports of the department to the public."

A Welcoming City ordinance seeks to limit communications between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities in an effort to protect undocumented immigrants. 

Renner also called upon faith and social justice organizations to educate citizens about the policies and procedures. 

The Town of Normal has passed a Welcoming City Ordinance, and a coalition of area groups under the banner Keep Families Together Campaign has advocated for the other Twin City to adopt a similar ordinance as well. The campaign came out against the Bloomington ordinance as drafted, but the Not In Our Town group supported the language as a "first step." 

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