Town council passes resolution protecting 'Dreamers'

Busking ordinance tabled, animal shelter contract extended in other actions


Following suit with Taos County, the town of Taos Council approved a resolution Dec. 12 in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - known Dreamers.

The town council unanimously approved the resolution as part of their consent agenda during their regular meeting, which included a number of issues. Other items on the consent agenda included a contract to continue monthly payments to the Stray Hearts Animal Shelter. In addition, the council tabled a proposed busking ordinance, heard a presentation from the town's tourism department about a bus route between Taos and Taos Ski Valley and also approved the most recent changes to the state Uniform Traffic Ordinances.

Taos County DACA recipients - those brought to the United States as children by their parents without papers and given temporary permission to remain - can rest easy knowing both governments in the area are supportive of their status in the U.S. and have elected to continue to support efforts on the federal level to extend protection. According to the resolution, "Dreamers have made an essential contribution to local economies, educational institutions and the U.S. military. The elimination of DACA could have devastating consequences for local businesses and schools, and especially institutions of higher learning."

Several communities and cities across the U.S. have passed resolutions in favor of DACA recipients who were given legal amnesty in 2012 by the Obama administration to be able to pursue American education and employment despite their parent's lack of legal citizenship status. Dreamers under DACA must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 and also must have been in the U.S. before they turned 16 in order to receive protection under the act.

The council also approved a continuation for the contract to Stray Hearts Animal Shelter up to June 30, 2018 in which the town will be providing $8,333.33 per month to the shelter as it has done in the past. The amount of the contract is not set to increase.

"Any amount is much needed," said Stray Hearts Board President Barbara Ann Downs vanCalsem.

After several hours of discussion and public testimony from both those for and against the busking ordinance, the town council decided to vote to table the motion for the time being. Business owners and buskers shared their opinions on the proposed ordinance that would set new rules for busking, performing on the street, and panhandling within the town limits on the plaza. Businesses owners feels that there is a select group of individuals who have harassed and driven away tourists and are pushing for an ordinance to be able to regulate the area around their shops and the shops of others. Buskers even gave testimony describing similar situations of harassment from some who hang around the plaza and antagonize tourists and shoppers and even retaliate against shop owners.

"I definitely think that some aspects of this (ordinance) should definitely go through," said business owner Marshall Thompson during the meeting. "I really hope this is not let go, and I hope that something is passed because it is hurting us and it's infuriating."

During the meeting, the council also approved a memorandum of agreement for bus services between the village Taos Ski Valley and the town of Taos which would include additional bus runs to bring visitors back from the ski valley to Taos for both lunch and evening activities. The agreement comes with an increase from around $12,000, according to Taos Marketing and Tourism Director Karina Armijo, to $19,600 from the town.


1 comment on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment
Michele Ryan

DACA is just like the TPS program (Temporary Protective Status) the goal for Democrats is permanent placement in the U.S. "Delayed" or "Temporary" are just terms used to mislead. These are programs used by Democrats to import as many refugees from third world country's as they can then fight to keep them permanently. So their answer is pass a "Dream act" legalize millions of illegal aliens (DACA.) But they don't want to separate families..... so add another 1-2 million. Same with the TPS program. Chain migration. Obama put a warm and fuzzy name on it "Dreamers." Have you noticed the Democrats have actually changed the language. It's not illegal alien anymore its "Immigrant." They're not adults, they are "Kids" or "children."

One in four American citizens unemployed. 40,000 veterans homeless and unemployed but illegal aliens security is the top priority? and why do they demand for a "clean" Dream act? why do they oppose border security? you would think DACA woud be happy just getting to stay. They (DACA / Illegal alien activists) want more crossing the border illegally.

There is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs American Citizens don't have or will be in competition for.The MSM and Democrats would have us believe that all 800 thousand DACA and TPS are not taking jobs Americans want. There not all picking strawberries they take great Jobs. Good enough jobs to buy homes put their kids through college.

So when you hear of the "contributions" by illegal aliens paying taxes. Remember that also is also at a cost in jobs citizens should have. Why must the citizens of our country have competition for jobs, education in their own country from foreign nationals?

"Some" of the costs associated with illegal immigration.

*The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This doesn't even reflect the millions and millions of dollars spent on bilingual education teaching illegal aliens to read and speak English. We've been paying this for decades

*Currently state officials are appropriating millions of taxpayer dollars for legal fees to to file law suits and in defense of illegal aliens being deported. California, Oregon, NY, Wash, Colorado are just some of the states.

*2012 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

*30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At $21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison---U do the math.

*$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

*$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps),WIC, & free school lunches.

Shattered American Dreams.

Illegal Aliens/DACA Crimes

Thursday, December 14, 2017 | Report this