SAN FRANCISCO – Concerned about promised of President Donald Trump to create a Muslim registry, San Francisco officials approved a new legislation on Wednesday, February 22, that prohibits city agencies from participating in any program to create such a register.
“We are doing this because the Muslim community and the immigrant community in general across the United States is facing dangerous discrimination by the government of the United States,” Supervisor Hillary Ronen said at Wednesday’s hearing, CBS Local reported.
The legislation was approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.
It prohibits city agencies from helping in any government program that requires a database or registration program based on religion, ethnicity or national origin.
It comes at the 75th anniversary of the signing by President Franklin D. Roosevelt of an order to incarcerate Japanese Americans in camps during World War II.
That order was preceded by one requiring people of German, Italian and Japanese ancestry to register with the government.
While Hawaii resisted the order to some extent, San Francisco did not, Ronen said.
“It’s part of history that we need to learn from and not repeat,” she said. “By creating the strongest law possible, we are sending the message that we will never participating in that type of discrimination again.”
The full Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the legislation next week.