It took two council meetings, several hours of public testimony and a split vote, but in the end the Tacoma City Council tonight approved a measure opposing Arizona’s controversial law cracking down on illegal immigration.
Re-written several times by co-sponsors Ryan Mello and Lauren Walker, the final version approved by the council is largely symbolic: It urges the southwest state to rescind or amend its law; urges the federal government to adopt comprehensive immigration reform, and directs City Manager Eric Anderson to send copies of the measure to President Barack Obama, Tacoma’s Congressional delegation and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.
The council passed the measure by a 5 to 3 vote, with one member (David Boe) abstaining.
Under the city’s charter, all resolutions need five votes to pass. Mayor Marilyn Strickland, who was out of town when the measure first came before the council last week, ultimately cast the deciding vote.
Walker called the public debate over the resolution — which sparked divisive public sentiment over the matter — “one of the best dialogues I’ve heard in a long time.”
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