​Click here for a direct link to:  St. Croix County Board of Supervisors, February 7, 2017, video
Public comments are at the beginning, Sjoberg comments are at the end of the meeting about 3:10:00

(unofficial, partial transcript)
Sjoberg:  … The second announcement.  With respect to what this public institution should do or say about our documented and undocumented population and potential refugees that may reside in the county, the matter remains under study.  Presently, there is no organized group of county officials or staff examining this issue.  Any movement on this subject will be handled in compliance with our state’s open meeting laws, and the subject matter may be one for our HHS or for public protection or for the Administration Committee to consider.
Third, on the subject that I raised at the last meeting of the living wage ordinance like the one that’s in Eau Claire County, that would be placed on the agenda for the Administration Committee if and when it comes up. …

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St. Croix County Board of Supervisors, Administration Committee, chaired by Roy Sjoberg: January 18, 2017, 5 p.m., Government Center, 1101 Carmichael Rd, Hudson, WI 54016.


Click here for the January 18, 2017, St. Croix County Board Administration Committee meeting video.  Public comments are at the beginning at about minute 5:55.

St. Croix County Board of Supervisors, general meeting, February 7, 9 a.m., Government Center, 1101 Carmichael Rd, Hudson, WI 54016 (subject to change).    Click here for a link to all St. Croix County Board of Supervisors meetings.  Be sure to check the proper group.

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St. Croix County (WI) Board of Supervisors District 5 Representative Roy Sjoberg

January 3, 2017, general meeting

http://stcroixcountywi.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&MeetingID=1752&Format=Agenda     Approximately Minute 1:00:46

Unofficial transcript: “…I also wanted to have a discussion about being open and fair to refugees and immigrants.  While I’m not going to propose that on the agenda, there are certain things called safe sanctuary cities, there’s only a few counties throughout the nation that have gone to that position, but we’re probably all aware that the local St. Patrick’s Church, we just heard from the priest with his wonderful message today, is having, had discussions about being the sponsoring organization for a number of Syrian refugees.  And that became quite a controversial issue; but tonight at 6:30, if you would care to learn more about this issue and participate in the discussion, I invite you to attend with me at 6:30 at the St. Patrick’s Church to kind of have your say about this and listen and learn about the issue.  So what we as a county might decide to say politically and ethically on this issue, again maybe not the next month’s agenda, but I think it should be part of our discussion if we’re setting policy for our community. …”  Transcriptionist eliminated approximately15 “ahs" and "uhms.”

Questions:


What is your definition of a sanctuary city or county?
What is the criteria for becoming a sanctuary county?
Are there certain guidelines that will be in place and protected by the county under the sanctuary determination?
Would the sanctuary be extended to all ethnic groups and all countries of origin?
What county official and department would administer all provisions of “sanctuari-ness”?
Who would actually provide shelter for the “sanctuarees”?
Has there been any study conducted on the economic impact on the taxpayers of St. Croix County?
What is the reasoning for considering a sanctuary county designation?  How would sanctuary status benefit St. Croix County?
Would the proposal be presented to various communities through a series of public hearings with open question and answer periods, not staged PR events with questions accepted only through notes?
Have you looked at the crime rate, security and law enforcement costs of similar situations?
There was a claim made that there was less than 1% occupancy available for rentals in Hudson.  What has changed?
There was a claim made that there wasn’t sufficient transportation for refugees.  What has changed?
There was a claim made that the medical needs of some of the refugees could not be met in Hudson.  What has changed?
Has the local health care service providers had input on the impact this proposal will have on our current health care systems?
What are Sjoberg’s projected provisional costs considered in providing additional services needed for or demanded by this new group of people?  Additional services include interpreters, transportation (public and private), housing, food, clothing, impact on local businesses, religious and legal services?
How will these costs be covered?  By whom?  For what time frame?
What is the potential liability for potentially violating 8 U.S. Code § 1324 - Bringing in and harboring certain aliens?  Could St. Croix County Board of Supervisors members be held personally liable?  Could employees be held personally liable?
What is the potential liability for accepting a Sanctuary County designation?
Due to a lack of subsidized housing for the existing legal population, additional resources would be needed.  What are the projected costs?  What is the projected increase in crime? Where will these units be constructed?  What timeline is envisioned?


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AN ACT to protect rights and privileges granted under the United States or [State] Constitution.

WHEREAS, while the [general assembly/state legislature] fully recognizes the right to contract freely under the laws of this state, it also recognizes that this right may be reasonably and rationally circumscribed pursuant to the state’s interest to protect and promote rights and privileges granted under the United States or [State] Constitution; now, therefore,

BE IT ENACTED BY THE [GENERAL ASSEMBLY/LEGISLATURE] OF THE STATE OF [_____]:

[1]        As used in this act, “foreign law, legal code, or system” means any law, legal code, or system of a jurisdiction outside of any state or territory of the United States, including, but not limited to, international organizations and tribunals, and applied by that jurisdiction’s courts, administrative bodies, or other formal or informal tribunals.

[2]        Any court, arbitration, tribunal, or administrative agency ruling or decision shall violate the public policy of this State and be void and unenforceable if the court, arbitration, tribunal, or administrative agency bases its rulings or decisions in the matter at issue in whole or in part on any law, legal code or system that would not grant the parties affected by the ruling or decision the same fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges granted under the U.S. and [State] Constitutions.

[3]        A contract or contractual provision (if severable) which provides for the choice of a law, legal code or system to govern some or all of the disputes between the parties adjudicated by a court of law or by an arbitration panel arising from the contract mutually agreed upon shall violate the public policy of this State and be void and unenforceable if the law, legal code or system chosen includes or incorporates any substantive or procedural law, as applied to the dispute at issue, that would not grant the parties the same fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges granted under the U.S. and [State] Constitutions.

[4]        (a)  A contract or contractual provision (if severable) which provides for a jurisdiction for purposes of granting the courts or arbitration panels in personam jurisdiction over the parties to adjudicate any disputes between parties arising from the contract mutually agreed upon shall violate the public policy of this State and be void and unenforceable if the jurisdiction chosen includes any law, legal code or system, as applied to the dispute at issue, that would not grant the parties the same fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges granted under the U.S. and [State] Constitutions.

            (b)   If a resident of this state, subject to personal jurisdiction in this state, seeks to maintain litigation, arbitration, agency or similarly binding proceedings in this state and if the courts of this state find that granting a claim of forum non conveniens or a related claim violates or would likely violate the fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges granted under the U.S. and [State] Constitutions of the non-claimant in the foreign forum with respect to the matter in dispute, then it is the public policy of this state that the claim shall be 


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​The uniform act reads as follows:

AN ACT to protect rights and privileges granted under the United States or [State] Constitution.

WHEREAS, while the [general assembly/state legislature] fully recognizes the right to contract freely under the laws of this state, it also recognizes that this right may be reasonably and rationally circumscribed pursuant to the state’s interest to protect and promote rights and privileges granted under the United States or [State] Constitution; now, therefore,

BE IT ENACTED BY THE [GENERAL ASSEMBLY/LEGISLATURE] OF THE STATE OF [_____]:

[1]        As used in this act, “foreign law, legal code, or system” means any law, legal code, or system of a jurisdiction outside of any state or territory of the United States, including, but not limited to, international organizations and tribunals, and applied by that jurisdiction’s courts, administrative bodies, or other formal or informal tribunals.

[2]        Any court, arbitration, tribunal, or administrative agency ruling or decision shall violate the public policy of this State and be void and unenforceable if the court, arbitration, tribunal, or administrative agency bases its rulings or decisions in the matter at issue in whole or in part on any law, legal code or system that would not grant the parties affected by the ruling or decision the same fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges granted under the U.S. and [State] Constitutions.

[3]        A contract or contractual provision (if severable) which provides for the choice of a law, legal code or system to govern some or all of the disputes between the parties adjudicated by a court of law or by an arbitration panel arising from the contract mutually agreed upon shall violate the public policy of this State and be void and unenforceable if the law, legal code or system chosen includes or incorporates any substantive or procedural law, as applied to the dispute at issue, that would not grant the parties the same fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges granted under the U.S. and [State] Constitutions.

[4]        (a)  A contract or contractual provision (if severable) which provides for a jurisdiction for purposes of granting the courts or arbitration panels in personam jurisdiction over the parties to adjudicate any disputes between parties arising from the contract mutually agreed upon shall violate the public policy of this State and be void and unenforceable if the jurisdiction chosen includes any law, legal code or system, as applied to the dispute at issue, that would not grant the parties the same fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges granted under the U.S. and [State] Constitutions.

            (b)   If a resident of this state, subject to personal jurisdiction in this state, seeks to maintain litigation, arbitration, agency or similarly binding proceedings in this state and if the courts of this state find that granting a claim of forum non conveniens or a related claim violates or would likely violate the fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges granted under the U.S. and [State] Constitutions of the non-claimant in the foreign forum with respect to the matter in dispute, then it is the public policy of this state that the claim shall be denied.

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