EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The East Lansing City Council voted on Tuesday to officially declare itself a sanctuary city.

The vote was nearly unanimous, however, one councilmember, George Brookover, voted against the measure, saying it was “no different” from the 2017 safe haven resolution.

East Lansing was declared a safe haven in 2017, stopping short of sanctuary city status.

Brookover said that avoiding the term “sanctuary city” helped keep the Trump administration from slashing federal funding to East Lansing.

“We need can say all the things we want to say but these are the problems that need to be solved that have to be solved, this one on a federal basis. I’m going to vote against this because I’m satisfied that we are exactly at the status we should be. we are a welcoming city and folks that fit these categories are welcome here as well as anywhere else in the United States,” Brookover said.

East Lansing Mayor Ron Bacon said while he understood the points Brookover made, he says he supported the motion. He said the resolution was a call to action that young generations need to prepare to take on as immigration continues to be a hot-button issue.

“My dad was a Mexican migrant worker. He worked picking blueberries on Michigan’s farms and he grew up, now he works as a therapist in Chicago. He really supported our family and driven my education initiatives a lot said DreaMSU President Raquel Acosta.

“No one in my family has more right to speak than someone else in the family and they all have an equal right to education. So I just think of other students in the community as my family. They are people I surround myself with, work every day, live every day with on campus,” said Acosta.

Officials sidy the move would draw a stronger distinction to when local police can help federal agents enforce immigration law.

East Lansing leaders have been reviewing this two-page resolution since November.

Back then, the city’s Human Rights Commission voted unanimously to send it to the city council for a wider vote.

In December, council members openly discussed the measure and heard from the public.

Several student leaders from Michigan State University and community advocates spoke in favor of the motion – citing the large immigrant population in the city.

A few people pushed back saying not enforcing federal immigration law enables illegal border crossing.