MAMOSA Report — The New Jersey township of Red Bank voted along party lines at its council meeting Wednesday night to declare Red Bank a “welcoming and inclusive community” in regards to immigration.
Red Bank with a population of about 12,000, is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and located on the Navesink River, the area’s original transportation route to the ocean and other ports. The borough was named for the red soil along the Navesink River.
The three Democrats on the council voted for the resolution, while the three Republican members voted against it. Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, a Democrat, broke the tie with a “yes” vote, reported NJ.com.
“I think we did the right thing and of course, this does not provide any protection but it lets the community know that we are concerned about them,” said Horgan, the council president.
The resolution acknowledges the immigrant community in Red Bank, but stops short of declaring the borough a “sanctuary city.”
Last month, Red Bank was named one of the top-10 suburbs in the U.S. The borough ranked second, behind only the Chicago suburb of Forest Park, Illinois, on Trulia’s list of affordable suburban places with an urban feel.
The resolution stated that, “The Borough of Red Bank values its ethnic, racial, linguistic, and socio-economic diversity, and our diversity is a source of strength, and Red Bank is committed to ensuring that all our residents can live and pursue their livelihoods in peace and prosperity,”
Other cities in New Jersey, including Newark and Jersey City, consider themselves sanctuary cities — widely reported as one in which local police would not assist federal agents in identifying or arresting immigrants based on legal status.
New Jersey lawmakers recently announced a bill that would provide state aid to sanctuary cities denied federal funds for failing to comply with immigration rules.
The resolution states that the “targeting of undocumented immigrants undermines our democracy and degrades our common humanity, but especially for the residents of a proud and richly diverse town such as Red Bank.”
It goes on to say, “it is the constitutional obligation of the Federal Government to enforce our nation’s immigration law and border security.”
State law, the resolution continues, “prohibits local law enforcement from making decisions, enforcing, or selectively enforcing our laws based solely upon a person’s race or ethnicity.”