Declaring that, “Cranston and Rhode Island don’t stand with Fung’s Trumpian divisive, racist, fear-based campaigning, nor with divisive, racist, fear based governing” the Cranston Action Network released the following statement ahead of their planned “Rally against Fung’s anti-immigrant fearmongering” event.
The event is scheduled to take place tomorrow, August 27, from 5-7pm outside the Cranston City Hall, ahead of a Cranston City Council meeting.
The Providence Journal reported that Fung tried to tie Rhode Island’s higher murder rate to undocumented immigrants. Fung said, ““Unfortunately, under Governor Raimondo, Rhode Island had the highest murder rate in the region in 2016. … When I’m Governor, we will not be protecting criminals who are in this country illegally, period. We will not be a sanctuary state, and I will fight against sanctuary cities like Providence.”
Fung also signed an agreement with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agreeing to turn over undocumented immigrants to federal law enforcement, “when a criminal in custody is in this country illegally.”
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The statement from the Cranston Action Network reads:
“We, at Cranston Action Network (CAN), strongly condemn the actions of Mayor Allan Fung in aligning with the Trump administration, which has cruelly separated families, placed children in cages, and unnecessarily traumatized immigrants, even those seeking asylum from violence in their home countries. Mayor Fung’s willingness to cooperate with a Federal government responsible for such atrocities in no way reflects the compassionate, inclusive values of our community. We stand in solidarity to urge our city council, statewide leaders, and statewide voters to take every measure possible to oppose this stance. Mayor Fung does not reflect the values of our community. These measures foster distrust towards our valiant and highly respected police force and make our community less safe.”
- Let’s show that we stand with our immigrant neighbors.
- Let’s stand as an inclusive and welcoming community.
- Let’s allow the police to do their jobs fighting crime – not taking on ICE’s responsibilities.
- Let’s let community members feel safe in reporting crimes, and not fear being reported to ICE if they are victims of a crime.
- Let’s protect our immigrant women neighbors, in particular, if they need to report crimes of domestic violence.
- Let’s keep ICE out of healthcare institutions and keep ICE out of our schools.
The Cranston Action Network “is residents and friends of Cranston working together for a caring, resilient, and progressive community. We seek economic, racial, social, and political justice, a sustainable environment, and a government that serves the common good.”