Now that the Naperville city council election is over, with 11% of the council being new (one member), will the city council continue its quest to becoming a ‘Welcoming’ city, not a sanctuary city yet, but a step closer. Government likes taking incremental steps, little baby steps, until it takes all of us where we don’t necessarily want to go, and then we wonder how we got there.
Naperville councilwoman Becky Anderson has been beating the drum for ‘Welcoming city’ status. I always thought we were and are a welcoming city, but Anderson wants to make it more official, as if to say, ‘We really are a welcoming city, really we are, we really and truly are welcoming’. The more she pushes it and the city council falls into line, the more we have to wonder if we really are welcoming.
The recent election show we are welcoming, well sort of welcoming. Voters welcomed some diversity in the election. Voters could have welcomed more diversity, but that was not to be the case. If Anderson’s quest is to welcome diversity, that’s one thing, however if her real quest is to take steps towards becoming a sanctuary city, well then that’s something else.
The El Paso, Texas city council also wants to be a ‘Welcoming’ city, in fact so much so, that during a recent city council meeting one of the agenda items was to approve an ordinance not to do city business with any company involved in building Trumps’s wall, in essence, putting pressure on local companies not to contract in building the wall between El Paso and Mexico. Any company doing so, would be ‘black-listed’ from doing business with the El Paso city government. Magically just before the meeting, the agenda item was pulled and disappeared. Obviously somebody said, ‘oops we better not vote to approve it’. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the El Paso city council won’t black-list those companies, it just means that it won’t be overt.
Last month two San Francisco city council supervisors introduced legislation that would bar the city from doing business with any and all contractors who worked on the U.S / Mexican border wall.
The Naperville city council could do the same thing, by choosing not to approve any contracts with anybody with even the slightest connection to building Trump’s wall. Similar to the ‘Six degrees of (separation) Kevin Bacon’ concept, that any two people (businesses) on Earth are six or fewer acquaintances (businesses) apart.
Yes, I know this is a stretch, but if El Paso can do it, so can Naperville; they both want to be ‘Welcoming’ cities.