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Sanctuary city supporters implore City Council to reconsider

Supporters of local peace activist Lin Jensen’s resolution for Chico to become a sanctuary city returned before the Chico City Council on Tuesday (March 7) and urged the panel to reconsider its recent vote not to discuss the idea.

During the council’s last meeting on Feb. 21, about 35 speakers, many of whom are undocumented immigrants, requested a future discussion of the resolution to stand with “immigrants seeking asylum from unjust deportation.” However, the request was rejected by a 4-to-3 vote down party lines.

Many of the same speakers showed up again Tuesday and spoke during business from the floor. “We want a label, a public statement from the mayor,” said Daniel Lopez. “It would make us feel safer if Chico was known as a sanctuary city. Please, at least discuss it.”

The council took no action.