More than 100 people attended a meeting of the Yakima City Public Safety Committee on Thursday where committee members talked about a welcoming city resolution that was defeated by the council on a 4-3 vote in January. About 30 people had a chance to tell committee members they were for or against the measure. But perhaps Louise Sanchez summed up many of the comments by questioning why the city is still talking about the issue. "May I remind you that a majority of citizens of Yakima are opposed to this resolution and that the city council at its' January 17th meeting voted to reject the resolution accordingly."
Sanchez says he knows many undocumented residents in Yakima who say they don't need the help of the city and that the issue has made life difficult for them. Sanchez and others in the crowd urged the full city council to focus on city business. The Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas counties is now working with the city to take the conversation out of city hall and possibly hold future community forums.

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