On the recommendation of Mayor Steve Hagerty, Evanston aldermen Monday night adopted a resolution expressing opposition to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy and the resulting separation of immigrant children from their parents.

The resolution also condemned the government’s planned indefinite detention of children with their parents and called for the reunification of all detained and separated families.

The resolution says the “prosecution-first mentality is costly, taxing our courts, and unnecessarily punitive, especially as at affects family units.”

It says the administrations actions are inconsistent with American family values and that it is inhumane to punish families fleeing violence in their home countries for seeking safety and invoking their right to seek asylum in the United States.

The resolution directs city officials to forward copies to the president and to the attorney general and secretary of homeland security.

The resolution was approved 7-0 with no discussion.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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