In an effort to combat discriminatory federal practices, Supervisor Hillary Ronen today filed a proposed ballot measure that would provide protections for members of marginalized and minority groups that may have been affected by the Trump Administration’s policies.
If passed by voters in November, it would allow the city to monitor activity at the local level and verify that resources are not being used for ICE deportation raids or in actions that infringe on the rights of city residents.
“In the context of what is happening in Washington, we have to be vigilant in protecting our city and our residents. Considering the irrational and cruel decisions coming down from the federal government, we have to take a stand now, ” Ronen said in a press release.
The measure has the support of four supervisors and will be on the November ballot. It was co-sponsored by Supervisors Norman Yee, Katy Tang and Sandra Lee Fewer.
Under the proposal, every February a yearly report will be delivered to the mayor that details what federal actions have discriminated against marginalized groups broken down by ethnicity, gender and sexual identities.
Individual city departments would then conduct audits to discover if they had directly or indirectly expended city funds or resources that aided the federal government in the enforcement of discriminatory laws.
The departments would then report to the Board of Supervisors on how or why these departments did so.
With this information, the Board of Supervisors would consider whether it is necessary to create a city ordinance to prohibit such activity. This includes keeping certain programs funded that may have been affected by the federal budget.
The measure would also maintain the city’s sanctuary status, providing protections for immigrant communities.