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Resolutions address something of a temporary or special character. They often indicate the strength of a local opinion or a directive for action (Garner 2014, 1504). Resolutions have less legal authority than ordinances or EOs because they are intended to formally express an opinion or view rather than constitute a permanent legislative action. Resolutions must gain the majority of votes from the governing body to be adopted or passed (League of Minnesota Cities 2023). A subsequent resolution can rescind the content of an earlier one.

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There are 121 resolutions in our archive. Please note that in the case of San Francisco, the resolutions were put forth by the city and county of San Francisco. We include these policies in our tally for cities that passed policies.

References: Garner, B., ed. 2014. Black’s Law Dictionary, Tenth Edition. St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson Reuters.

League of Minnesota Cities. 2023. Handbook for Minnesota Cities. https://www.lmc.org/wp-content/uploads/documents/Meetings-Motions-Resolutions-and-Ordinances.pdf

This page was last updated in May 2024.

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    Resolution 2015-024: Adult Detention Center Policies and Procedures
    (2014-09-25) Rio Arriba County Board of County Commissioners [NM]
    In this Resolution, the Rio Arriba Board of County Commissioners updates the Rio Arriba County Adult Detention Center Policies and Procedures.
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    Resolution 2014-12: Establishing Doña Ana County as a "Safe Community for All Residents"
    (2014-09-09) Doña Ana County Board of County Commissioners [NM]
    In this Resolution, the Doña Ana County Board of County Commissioners resolves that all employees of Doña Ana County shall act toward all residents in a manner that is respectful of human rights and promotes the conditions necessary to create "Safe Communities." The Resolution prohibits County personnel from disclosing the immigration status of County residents except in instances where such disclosure is required by federal or state law, regulations, or court order.
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    Resolution 14-0683: Policy to Decline Detainer Requests
    (2014-09-03) Board of Commissioners of Fulton County [GA]
    In this Resolution, the Board of Commissioners of Fulton County urges the Sheriff of Fulton County to decline Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests unless specific criteria is met.
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    Resolution 14-07: Comprehensive Immigration Reform
    (2014-01-21) City Council of the City of Cudahy [CA]
    In this Resolution, the City Council of the City of Cudahy endorses comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives during the current legislative year, with the following important principles incorporated into any contemplated legislation: border security, legal system reform, and pathways to legalization and/or citizenship.
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    Resolution: Creating the Immigration Task Force
    (2014-01-21) Detroit City Council [MI]
    In this Resolution, the Detroit City Council establishes the Immigration Task Force to focus on improving the quality of life for all new, existent and future immigrant communities in Detroit. The Immigration Task Force will also advocate on behalf of immigrant communities by expanding and developing new local ordinances and will promote engagement through civic, economic development, investment and cultural initiatives.
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    Resolution 20140626-099: Opposition to the Implementation of SComm Program
    (2014-06-26) City Council of the City of Austin [TX]
    In this Resolution, the City Council of the City of Austin opposes the use of Travis County resources for the implementation of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE's) SComm program. The City Council urges the Travis County Sheriffs Office to stop complying with ICE detainers and holding people in its jail for ICE to assume custody.
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    Resolution O-1: Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detainer Requests
    (2014-06-02) City Council of the City of Cambridge [MA]
    In this Resolution, the City Council of the City of Cambridge requests that the City Manager work with the Police Commissioner to ensure that only in cases where immigration agents have a criminal warrant, or Cambridge officials have a legitimate law enforcement purpose not related to immigration, will Cambridge Police comply with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests.
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    Resolution 13-227: Endorsing the Protection of Civil Liberties of All Citizens
    (2013-10-22) City Council of the City of Asheville [NC]
    In this Resolution, the City Council of the City of Asheville dictates that, in the absence of state, interstate or international criminal or national security investigations, the City of Asheville does not actively participate in the enforcement of federal immigration law.
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    Resolution 9319: Support for a Humane and Comprehensive Immigration Reform Proposal
    (2013-10-28) City Council of the City of Pasadena [CA]
    In this Resolution, the City Council of the City of Pasadena supports a humane and comprehensive immigration reform proposal.
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    Resolution 13-44: Conference Concerning Assembly Bill 540
    (2013-09-23) City Council of the City of Cudahy [CA]
    In this Resolution, the City Council of the City of Cudahy records support for Assembly Bill 540, which allows "undocumented students" who meet certain requirements to pay in-state tuition instead of out-of-state tuition in California's institutions of higher education.
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    Resolution 13-0002-S117: Support for the TRUST Act
    (2013-09-04) City Council of the City of Los Angeles [CA]
    In this Resolution, the City Council of the City of Los Angeles includes in its 2012-2013 State Legislative Program support for TRUST Act, Assembly Bill (AB) 4, which would prohibit a law enforcement official from detaining an individual on the basis of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold after that individual becomes eligible for release from criminal custody unless specified criteria is met.
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    Resolution 14-153: Reaffirming and Promoting the City of Davis as a City of Sanctuary
    (2014-11-05) City Council of the City of Davis [CA]
    In this Resolution, the City Council of the City of Davis reaffirms its declaration as a City of Sanctuary, thereby recognizing its past commitment to migrants and designating itself a safe community for all.
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    Resolution 2013-032: Support of Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Revised Plan for 1-247 Immigration Detainers
    (2013-04-04) Multnomah County Board of Commissioners [OR]
    In this Resolution, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners supports and endorses the Sheriff's decision to comply only with I-247 Immigration Detainer - Notice of Action requests for individuals who meet specified criteria.
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    Resolution 13-R-03: Legislation that Would Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s Licenses
    (2012-12-04) Board of Commissioners of Cook County [IL]
    In this Resolution, the Board of Commissioners of Cook County urges the Illinois General Assembly to adopt legislation that would allow "undocumented immigrants" to obtain driver’s licenses.
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    Resolution 13-0002-S77: Support of Assembly Bill 60, the Safe and Responsible Driver Act
    (2013-06-12) City Council of the City of Los Angeles [CA]
    In this Resolution, the City Council of the City of Los Angeles supports Assembly Bill (AB) 60: The Safe and Responsible Driver Act, which aims to make roads safer by providing the opportunity for all residents, regardless of immigration status, to obtain a driver's license. AB 60 further provides a form of identification, does not put people at risk of detention and deportation, and respects confidentiality of personal information.
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    Resolution LM-2012-0345: Funding for the Promotion and Issuance of the Elm City Resident Card
    (2013-01-07) Board of Aldermen of the City of New Haven [CT]
    In this Resolution, the Board of Aldermen of the City of New Haven authorize the application to and acceptance of a grant from Junta for the promotion and issuance of the Elm City Resident Card.
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    Resolution 36-13 (CM): Comprehensive Immigration Reform
    (2013-03-26) City Council of the City of Watsonville [CA]
    In this Resolution, the City Council of the City of Watsonville urges the United States 113th Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform that addresses full legalization with a path to citizenship and future immigration of families and workers.
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    Resolution 98-14: Supporting California Senate Bill 1005
    (2014-03-18) Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco [CA]
    In this Resolution, recorded as File Number 140243, the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco supports California Senate Bill 1005, which authorizes enrollment in the Medi-Cal program or in insurance offered through a health benefit exchange to individuals who would otherwise qualify for enrollment in those programs but are denied access based on their immigration status.
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    Resolution LM-2011-0330: Secure Communities Program
    (2012-03-05) Board of Aldermen of the City of New Haven [CT]
    In this Resolution, the New Haven Board of Aldermen calls upon the administration of the Connecticut governor to refuse to honor administrative detainers issued under the Secure Communities program except in the case of a person who has been identified as a confirmed match in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBl)'s terrorist screening database or convicted of a serious violent criminal offense.
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    Resolution 29: Sharing of Information with Federal Agencies
    (2012-05-21) Town of Amherst [MA]
    In this Resolution, the Town of Amherst resolves that its officials and employees shall not participate in federal law enforcement programs relating to immigration enforcement, including but not limited to, Secure Communities, and cooperative agreements with the federal government under which town personnel participate in the enforcement of immigration laws, such as those authorized by Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. To the extent permissible by law, immigration detainer requests will not be honored by the Amherst Police Department.