HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.R. NO.

76

TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2017

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 


HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

 

declaring hawaii to be a ho'okipa (Welcoming) state.

 

 

 


WHEREAS, the State motto "[u]a mau ke ea 'o ka āina i ka pono," which means, "[t]he life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness," reminds us that our deepest community values compel us to welcome the visitor and care for the wanderer in our midst; and

 

WHEREAS, the traditional Hawaiian value of ho'okipa, or open-hearted hospitality, calls us to welcome the visitor and the stranger alike, and to unselfishly extend to others the best that we have to give; and

 

WHEREAS, Hawaii is justifiably proud of its diverse immigrant heritage, which has woven the many people of this State into a rich tapestry of races, ancestral groups, religions, cultures, and languages from all over the world; and

 

WHEREAS, Hawaii's unique spirit of inclusiveness allows its diverse people to live in relative harmony because of our respect and aloha for each other and our commitment to peace and justice; and

 

WHEREAS, our state and county governments cultivate a culture of inclusion when they ensure that all people in our communities receive equal protection under the law and respectful treatment, without regard to their race, national origin, ancestry, or citizenship status; and

 

WHEREAS, Hawaii's inclusionary and peaceful culture is now threatened by inflammatory rhetoric and harsh federal policies that vilify immigrants, divide communities and families, and create fear and suspicion among different racial, ethnic, and ancestral groups; and

 

WHEREAS, the executive branch of the federal government has recently revived a program under section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act that allows a state or local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with the Immigration Control and Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security in order to receive delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions; and

 

WHEREAS, the enforcement of federal immigration laws is a function that is reserved to the federal government, and the costs of which should be borne by the federal government; and

 

WHEREAS, the people of Hawaii already shoulder the costs of providing health care, housing, education, and other social services to migrants from various Pacific Island communities, who were forced to leave their ancestral homelands because of the devastating effects of some actions of the United States, such as the above-ground testing of nuclear weapons and the building of large military installations that displaced islanders from the ancestral lands; and

 

WHEREAS, it would be an injustice to Hawaii's residents for the State, or any of its political subdivisions, to expend scarce state resources enforcing federal immigration policies instead of providing for housing, education, transportation, medical care, and other basic human needs here in Hawaii; and

 

WHEREAS, the involvement of state law enforcement officers in federal deportation programs and activities would alienate members of our many communities and undermine the relationships between the State's law enforcement agencies and local communities; and

 

WHEREAS, many other state and city governments across the country have acted to protect their residents who are undocumented immigrants by preventing local law enforcement agents from asking people about their immigration status or from serving as federal agents to perform the duties reserved to federal agents, and by ensuring that all residents have access to state and county services, regardless of immigration status; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-ninth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2017, requests that the State of Hawaii and its political subdivisions recognize that immigration is a federal function and that local law enforcement agencies should decline to work with federal immigration agencies; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the State and its political subdivisions are requested to not expend state or county funds by entering into any agreements under section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act or any similar agreement with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or by engaging in any other law enforcement activities that collaborate with ICE or any other federal law enforcement agency in connection with the deportation of undocumented immigrants who have not been convicted of committing a violent crime; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor is requested to appoint a Ho'okipa Commission to ensure a safe, secure, and welcoming community for everyone, including immigrants of every status, to promote respectful relations and collaboration between community members and agencies providing public safety services; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Governor; the Mayors of the City and County of Honolulu and the Counties of Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii; the Chairs of the respective county councils; and the Chiefs of Police of the City and County of Honolulu and the Counties of Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii; and the Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court.

 

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

Ho'okipa State; Federal Immigration Laws