(Santa Clara County, CA) With the ongoing events throughout our country, from Charlottesville to the proposed changes in Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Cities Association of Santa Clara County, an association of the 15 Cities of Santa Clara County, re-commits to its adopted priority for Equitable Communities that value safety, inclusiveness, and protection of the whole community and reaffirms commitment to a diverse, supportive and inclusive community.
“We recognize there is considerable uncertainty in our community due to ongoing events of hatred throughout the country and uncertain policy changes. Immigrants play a key role in our communities and our businesses,” Cities Association President and Mayor of Palo Alto Greg Scharff noted. “Especially, in Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley.”
Our businesses in Santa Clara County and the Silicon Valley are thriving, and immigrants are vital to that success.
- 51% of $1 billion startup companies had at least one immigrant founder (National Foundation for American Policy).
- 37% of Silicon Valley’s population are non-citizens who entered US to fill a specific job in the tech industry (Silicon Valley Index)
- 74% of Silicon Valley employed computer and mathematical workers ages 25-44 are foreign-born (Silicon Valley Index)
“Many immigrants in our community are feeling uncertain about the ongoing events throughout our country,” remarked Manny Cappello, 2nd Vice President and City of Saratoga Councilmember. “We want each individual to know that our cities value them, whether as a business owner, a neighbor, or friend.”
The Cities Association of Santa Clara County reaffirms it priority of Equitable Communities which:
- values a community characterized by diversity, multiculturalism, and unity and acknowledges that the dignity, health, rights and privacy of all our residents must be respected;
- is committed to protecting the constitutional rights of all of our residents;
each person is naturally and legally entitled to live a life without harassment, discrimination, persecution or assault, whether perpetrated by individuals, groups, businesses or governments;
- reaffirms its commitment to a diverse, supportive and inclusive community;
rejects bigotry in all its forms, including, but not limited to, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, nativism, misogyny and homophobia;
- does not tolerate discrimination based on race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, color or disability;
- does not tolerate Hate crimes, harassment, or assault;
- will oppose any attempts to undermine the safety, security, and rights of members of our community and will work proactively to ensure the rights and privileges of everyone in the city, regardless of religion, country of birth, immigration status, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity;
- will promote safety, a sense of security, and equal protection of constitutional and human rights, leading by example through equitable treatment of all by City officials and departments.
Of the 15 Cities of Santa Clara county, 11 of the cities have adopted specific resolutions or are taking action in support of immigrants: Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Saratoga, Sunnyvale. The Cities Association will continue working to promote safety, a sense of security and equal protection.
About the Cities Association of Santa Clara County:
The Cities Association of Santa Clara County was formed in 1990 to represent the mutual interests of the diverse fifteen cities of Santa Clara County. The Cities Association promotes cooperation among the cities and advocates for positive action to enhance the quality of life for the people of our county. Through the Cities Association, city leaders network, collaborate, research policy, and work side by side on issues of mutual local interest.