What is the Safe and Welcoming Ordinance?
A municipal ID is a form of photo identification issued by a city or county government. It can be used to prove a person’s identity within the county limits and to access services which may include enrolling children in school, opening bank accounts, picking up prescriptions, and accessing health care.
An ICE non-compliance resolution affirms that local law enforcement will not take on front-line immigration enforcement. This part of the ordinance would clarify that the local Unified Government of Wyandotte County and its departments would not participate in reporting or investigating immigration status.
Why do we need a Safe and Welcoming Ordinance in Wyandotte?
As many as 30,000 people in Wyandotte County - 1 in 5 people who live in the county - may have difficulty accessing a government-issued photo ID (foster kids, immigrants, the formerly incarcerated, people without housing, victims of domestic violence, and the elderly).
In addition, this ordinance supports local law enforcement in focusing on community safety needs, instead of being diverted into enforcing federal immigration enforcement.
Coordinating with ICE’s activities - which have frequently been found to be illegal and unconstitutional - can make law enforcement vulnerable to complaints and lawsuits. An ICE non-compliance ordinance clearly and helpfully defines the parameters of those interactions.
Why should Wyandotte pass the Safe and Welcoming Ordinance?
By passing the Safe and Welcoming ordinance, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County can help expand access for residents, assure residents that their private information will not be shared with a federal agency, and ensure that they will not suffer intimidation in their own county and homes.