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Editorial: Kent Sanctuary City proposal misguided – Columbus Alive

This issue won’t accomplish that goal. In fact, it will do just the opposite.

We agree with council, which has already taken several steps this year to show Kent supports diversity and inclusion, including the fledgling #8220;One Kent#8221; initiative.

Diversity and tolerance are clearly important in any college town, and Kent is no exception. It’s a community that prides itself on welcoming anyone who wishes to learn, work or play regardless of the color of their skin, origin or point of view.

If Kent voters approve the Sanctuary City measure, we’re convinced several bad things could happen, including attracting more federal agents here looking for illegal immigrants, a reality that could scare people away. It’s also not clear if there are enough illegal aliens living locally for this measure to make a difference and risk losing federal funding. Nor would it offer any protection to someone who leaves the city’s borders and gets pulled over, like the Painesville mother.

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