Earlier this month the Bloomington City Council decided to finally discuss the controversial Welcoming City Ordinance.
Mayor Tari Renner was in support of the idea but canceled the meeting’s discussion earlier today because of lack of support for it within the council.
Several citizens of the Keep Families Together Campaign were planning on rallying in support of the ordinance but their emotions changed when they heard the news. Instead they protested the mayor’s decision at City Hall just before the meeting.
“Everyday people are deciding whether they are going to come forward with information if they have been a witness of a crime or if they have been a victim of a crime,” said Charlotte Alvarez, Executive Director and staff Attorney, Immigration Project. “They are deciding on whether or not to do that because it may put them in danger.”
On the other side of the movement counter protestors gathered in support of the mayor’s decision to not only cancel the discussion for tonight but for further notice as well.
“We have to take care of the problem right,” said Robb Witt, Bloomington resident in support of the mayor’s decision. “We have to take care of the citizens here, and if we are going to open our arms to everyone, sure, but lets work it out here first.”
Both sides showed passion for their viewpoints but they agreed they would have liked to hear a final decision from the council on the matter.