On April 3rd, Lansing City Council voted unanimously to designate Lansing as a sanctuary city. Now, just nine days later, a 5-2 vote at Wednesday’s city council meeting rescinded that status. The Lansing Regional Chamber and Michigan Chamber of Commerce played a pivotal role in achieving this reversal by writing a letter to council members articulating their concerns. The letter focused on the fact that it “placed an unnecessary target on the City of Lansing while jeopardizing millions of dollars in federal funding that impacts the city budget.”
Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-Dewitt has taken a strong stance against the term sanctuary city being used in the resolution since it was passed last week. He asserted this was not an issue the residents of Lansing elected them to focus on, especially in the wake of things like crumbling infrastructure and debt impacting their community.
In a statement released by his office, Speaker Leonard took things a step further, not only calling them out for passing a resolution that wasted the city’s time and resources, but potentially endangering the well-being of the community.
“Instead of solving problems or watching over the city and protecting its citizens, the council chose to ignore the law and call this community a safe haven for criminals. That is not right, and the people of Lansing deserve better. I am glad to see the council now realizes this, too.”
Speaker Leonard praised the Lansing Regional Chamber and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce for urging the city to focus on the issues that matter most to Lansing Residents.
“Now is the time for our local officials to stop playing politics and start focusing on the many items on their agenda that will actually help people and that will build Lansing into an even better and safer place to live, work and raise a family.”