After being dropped from the agenda earlier this year, the Bloomington City Council will finally vote on a Welcoming City Ordinance on Monday.
The ordinance is meant to make immigrants feel safe in the community. Essentially, it would prevent law enforcement from contacting the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). Instead they have to prove valid reasoning when asking for documentation on top of going through the police chief, or his designee, for approval.
Community members, like council, are split on the issue. Bloomington resident Megan Burns says even if the vote passes not much will change.
“I’m kind of on the fence,” said Burns. “It doesn’t really matter what we do, either way I don’t think it’s going to change our city for the best or for the worse. Immigrants are already set in a certain behavior they don’t feel safe regardless of whether we report them or don’t. I just don’t think its going to change anything.”
Normal passed the ordinance in May.
Alderwoman Diana Hauman says the council has been debating for a while whether the issue be put up for discussion and now is the time it will finally be put to rest.