LANSING, MI (WLNS) – City leaders gathered for a meeting and a vote today to adopt a resolution to make Lansing a welcoming city for refugees and immigrants.
The meeting opened with remarks by Mayor Virg Bernero and then featured city council members and community leaders in support of the resolution to formally declare Lansing as a welcoming city for people from across the world.
Lansing is joining ten other communities around the state as participants in the Welcoming Michigan coalition’s “Stand Strong, Respect Michigan” pledge, hoping that conversations and reactions of hate towards certain groups of people would end.
Mayor Bernero believes some of the reactions after the terror attacks come out of fear, which leads to hate.
The mayor also said the Governors across the nation that reacted to the Paris attacks, including Governor Rick Snyder, did not respond in a rational matter by putting a hold on allowing refugees into the state.
The city council held a meeting at 5:30 p.m. to initially vote on the resolution in committee, and then the resolution was brought to the city council meeting to be formally adopted at 7 p.m.