It shouldn’t be a big deal, and maybe it’s not, but the city of Hoover is considering a thorough declaration of rights for the city’s residents that affirms their dignity regardless of “race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, or birth or that or that parents.”
The proclamation, attached below, is post-dated for Feb. 20, 2012, and marks the fact that Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey was invited to speak at Gwin Elementary School for International Day, which the elementary school celebrated on Jan. 27, according to the proclamation. The proclamation says that there are “37 different nations representing 37 different ethnicities” at the school.
The proclamation bars ethnic and racial profiling in the city “because it can send a dehumanizing message that people are judged by the color of their skin or their ethnicity” and declares that all Hoover residents “shall enjoy the freedom of contract and association, which shall not be abridged by the City except as may be required by law.” Alabama’s new immigration law voids contracts made with undocumented immigrants, although some parts of that law have been put on hold by the court.
The document also addressed the ‘sanctuary city’ issue.
“This City is not a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants of any nationality; neither is it a City that will tolerate any deprivation of rights, privileges or immunities, nor life, liberty or property, without due process of law nor the denial of the equal protection of the laws solely on account of any person being an alien, or on account of any person’s color or race.”
CORRECTION: An earlier of this post said that Hoover had already passed the ordinance. That was incorrect. It passed Monday night.
Read the proclamation by clicking on the link below: