LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico city has passed a resolution calling on all cities in the state to support refugees.
The Las Vegas Optic reports the Las Vegas City Council approved last week a symbolic measure that backs New Mexico cities who house refugees amid the partisan climate nationally around immigration.
Supports say Las Vegas needed to make a stand as President Donald Trump tries to impose a temporary travel ban on some Muslim-majority countries and seeks immigration restrictions.
But Star Chavez, a Las Vegas resident and opponent of the resolution, says it wasn’t compassionate to invite refugees to New Mexico, a state that is economically struggling.
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The resolution will be forwarded to New Mexico’s five federal legislators, Gov. Susana Martinez, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales.
Information from: Las Vegas Optic, http://www.lasvegasoptic.com