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Gov. Robert Bentley, Birmingham Council President clash over Sanctuary City resolution

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By Barnett Wright

The Birmingham Times

Austin-Bentley
Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley are at odds over Birmingham’s resolution to become a sanctuary city.

Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin was not pleased that Alabama Governor Robert Bentley dismissed the council’s support of sanctuary cities.

The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a symbolic resolution declaring Birmingham a sanctuary city which would protect citizens regardless of immigration status.

The resolution states that Birmingham “strives to be a community free of hostilities and aggressions and uphold the commitment to be a community free of prejudice, bigotry and hate.”

Bentley on Tuesday released a statement in response to the City Council’s resolution.

“President Trump has already taken decisive and necessary action to enforce our nation’s immigration laws,” Bentley said. “Alabama will not support sanctuary cities or institutions that harbor or shelter illegal immigrants, and are in clear violation of the laws of the nation.”

Austin, who sponsored the resolution, said on Twitter, “Can someone tell me exactly what he has done to help #Bham? Last time I checked, it was he who signed the law for #minwage, giving our water away, and terrible changes to the mayor council act.

“If @GovernorBentley wants to help #Bham, stop the 20/59 construction, reverse min wage, mayor council law & water works. Otherwise, he can keep his ‘help’ that he claims we will not get in #Bham.”