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Robin Davis
Director of Media Relations
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rcdavis@columbus.gov

Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager
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mjcrabill@columbus.gov

Media Advisory
News Date: February 07, 2017

Statement in response to Treasurer Josh Mandel’s legislation announcement

“As Mayor Ginther said on Friday, he will continue to uphold the rule of law and protect all Columbus residents. Nothing in his executive order is in violation of federal law. Just as it is not the role of immigration officials to investigate a theft in Columbus, federal courts have ruled that local police do not have authority to make their own immigration arrests. Unlike Treasurer Josh Mandel, Mayor Ginther will not use fear as a reason for discrimination and will not pick and choose who he protects based on religion or national origin.

“Regardless of one’s views on immigration, it is reprehensible and unconstitutional to use Ohio criminal law in an attempt to shut down differing opinions on this issue.”