Members of Indivisible Morongo Basin went down to Cathedral City last Wednesday night to support a motion making that city the Coachella Valley’s first official sanctuary city, which was approved by the City Council by a 3-2 vote.
“While other desert cities such as Coachella and Palm Springs have unofficially operated as sanctuary cities, Cathedral City moved towards becoming the first in the region to publicly proclaim that it will not utilize city funds or resources to enforce federal immigration laws,” according to KESQ.
“The motion was passed after about three hours of public comments from residents on both sides of the issue. Chambers were so full the fire marshall had to be called when the room reached capacity. Dozens of people waited in the lobby and even outside. The meeting was played on a small speaker that was amplified with a cone so others could hear.”
Our congratulations to our sister group Courageous Resistance Palm Springs and Other Desert Cities, and to the many desert citizens and other groups that worked so hard in coalition for this important step forward!
The IMB Immigration Team also worked in coalition to sponsor the May 1 rally at the Indio Border Patrol Station, and our members traveled down to the low desert to join nearly 100 demonstrators at the protest.
“The rally, dubbed ‘Stop Deporting & Separating Families,’ criticized enforcement policies that treat undocumented immigrants like convicted felons and rhetoric that paints all immigrants as criminals,” per USA Today.
A couple of agents came out of the station and ended up having an informal exchange with demonstrators that remained courteous and informative.
Video coverage on KESQ here.
Keep abreast of the activities of our IMB Immigration Team on our new Immigration Issues page.