City of Tempe Border Wall Opposition Resolution
This Thursday 1/18/18, the Tempe City Council will hold a vote on a resolution to oppose President Trump's border wall. While the individual members of the council have the right to their opinion, it is absolutely inappropriate for a city council to initiate any resolution regarding the border wall. Yet, the organizational website announcing the resolution urges people asking for their signatures in order to assist with the council's resolution showing opposition of the border wall. If this isn't concerning enough, the city is also spending city staff and resources paid for with taxpayer money in order to research and investigate the issue.
This year, Mayor Mark Mitchell has posted several times, using official City of Tempe letter head, to express disagreement with current US policy regarding the Paris Climate Agreement, immigration and now the border wall. The people of Tempe elected the mayor and council members to serve Tempe, not to represent us in higher jurisdictions. We certainly did not elect them to insert their own opinions into much larger issues like immigration, and our national security. By using public funds to promulgate personal opinions on these matters the members of the mayor and members of the council are not only overreaching, they are neglecting their residents by using valuable time on national issues that should instead be spent on many other unfortunate issues facing Tempe
In addition, the council members and mayor of Tempe have NOT been voted in office by state or national vote to represent the people of the state or the country who feel their security is being compromised by border and immigration issues.