Melrose Park Could Discuss Welcoming Village Ordinance at Board Meeting Tonight, Feb. 27, 6 PM


Members of PASO during a Melrose Park board meeting in January. | File

Monday, February 27, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

The Melrose Park Board of Trustees is scheduled to hold a regular meeting tonight, Monday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m., at 1 N. Broadway in Melrose Park.

Members of PASO – West Suburban Action Project, a nonprofit that advocates for immigrants and other vulnerable populations throughout the West Cook County suburbs — including Melrose Park, Stone Park, Maywood and Bellwood — have spread the word about the meeting on the organization’s Facebook page.

In January PASO members attended a board meeting to urge Melrose Park board members to support a Welcoming Village ordinance.

At the meeting in January, Melrose Park trustees expressed support for the ordinance and said that the board could vote on the measure at the next regularly scheduled meeting. Mayor Ronald Serpico wasn’t in attendance at that meeting in January and a Feb. 13 regular meeting was cancelled.

According to a flyer that PASO posted to its Facebook page, the proposed ‘Welcoming Village’ ordinance that the organization supports would “bar city officials from contacting, collaborating with, or assisting Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) solely because of a person’s immigration status.”

The ordinance would also “draw a firm line between police and ICE, disentangling the criminal and immigration system.”

For instance, federal immigration authorities would not be allowed access to village databases, “facilities, and other resources for the purpose of implementing registries based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, immigration status, national or ethnic origin, or to conduct civil immigration enforcement.”

The Melrose Park board hasn’t discussed the details of what, if any, Welcoming Village ordinance it would vote on. VFP

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