AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Officials in some Ohio metropolitan areas are opposing President Donald Trump’s order that put the U.S. refugee program on hold and also temporarily banned entries from seven Muslim-majority nations.
Cleveland City Council called the order un-American. Summit County Council in Akron also approved a resolution opposing the order.
Columbus officials say they’ll oppose using city resources to enforce federal immigration policy and plan to create a legal-defense fund to help affected immigrants and refugees.
Toledo’s mayor told The Blade the ban isn’t what Americans should be about.
Cincinnati’s mayor says it will continue to welcome immigrants and called it a “sanctuary city.” That label isn’t legally defined but has typically indicated reduced cooperation with federal immigration authorities on some immigration matters. Trump has threatened to withhold money from uncooperative jurisdictions.