Renner Cancels Planned Welcoming City Discussion, Cites Lack of Council Support
Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner has canceled the 5:30 p.m. Monday special session where council members were expected to take action on the proposed “welcoming city” ordinance meant to reassure immigrants hesitant to report crimes for fear of deportation.
“I remain committed to recognizing the importance of our immigrant population, however, it is clear there is not support on the Council for the ordinance that was to be considered this evening. Therefore, I am canceling tonight’s meeting,” Renner said in a statement Monday morning.
The ordinance is not expected to come before the council again, according to the statement.
“Instead of adopting the proposed ordinance, I am recommending that the Chief of Police develop and widely disseminate detailed policies and procedures regarding BPD [Bloomington Police Department] interactions with ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement],” Renner said. “These policies and procedures should speak directly to the concerns of individuals who may fear reporting crimes.”
Renner also recommended the City’s Public Safety and Community Relations Board help educate the community about said policies and called on religious and social justice organizations to support and advocate for noncitizen residents.
In conjunction with the statement, Renner issued a proclamation “calling upon the people of Bloomington to join together to build a stronger, unified community.”
The regular City council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. will go on as planned.