There were mixed words at Tuesday’s Omaha City Council meeting when the issue of a non-binding resolution came up urging Congress to protect Dreamers under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Council member Vinny Palermo introduced the resolution stating, “Why in the world when it is so impacting to our community we would want to pass on that. It is an opportunity to stand up and be heard.”
Several other council members voiced their approval on the resolution. Council member Aimee Melton was not one of them. She stated the city council’s job is to govern the city and let Congress address federal issues.
Melton said, “There are a lot of federal issues that are extremely important and are more important than the zoning issues that we took care of during the first half our city council. I didn’t run for Congress. If I want to address those issues I will run for Congress.”
Melton passed on the resolution vote to make a statement that the city council should not argue these issues. Melton said, “There have been a number of issues over the last couple of years in regards to Black Lives Matter, Ferguson and some other issues that severely affect our north Omaha community. We aren’t putting those resolutions on our agenda either. Those are issues that need to be dealt with at the appropriate level. Like it or don’t like it we don’t have the jurisdiction.”
There are seven members on the council and the resolution passed with five votes. President Trump signed an order to end the program unless Congress takes action to protect it.