Landscape view of the Michigan State Capitol in downtown Lansing.

Majority wants more protection from a Lansing sanctuary city proposal

The Lansing City Council voted to table a resolution that would reaffirm Lansing’s status as welcoming city to immigrants and refugees on Feb.13. The resolution was scrapped not because the council didn’t want to pass legislation, but largely due to public demand for more protection under the proposition. See below for the full proposal. The meeting drew a crowd so large that a viewing area was set up in the lobby to accommodate more people. “I’ve been on the council for a year and in that time I have never seen a crowd at a council meeting that large,” said Council Member Kathie Dunbar.

Lansing residents stood outside of the city council meeting on Monday, Feb. 27 with a banner to show support for a sanctuary city resolution. Photo by Taylor Skelton

“We are still on hold.” Sanctuary city resolution delayed in Lansing

 

The Lansing City Council continues to delay actions that would declare Lansing a sanctuary city. City Council Member Judi Brown Clarke says the council needs more time to look at the language and get legal opinion on President Donald Trump’s recent executive order. “We are still on hold,” Clarke said. While Lansing continues to hold off with a new resolution on immigration policies, earlier this month East Lansing affirmed a resolution declaring the city a safe haven for refugees. Clarke says that Lansing’s current policies are similar to East Lansing’s recent resolution.

Kevin Saunders

1st and 2nd Amendments clash in ‘Docs v. Glocks’

A Florida law that prohibited doctors from talking to patients about firearms was overturned Feb. 16. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law violated doctors’ freedom of speech. Medical professionals and organizations sued the state of Florida over the provisions underlined in the Firearms Owners’ Privacy Act. The case, Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida, is known as “Docs v. Glocks.”