Resolution makes Bernalillo County immigrant friendly
March 14, 2017 10:41 PM
As President Donald Trump tries to take the country in one direction with immigration, Bernalillo County seems to be moving in the opposite direction. Commissioners on Tuesday passed a resolution declaring it an immigrant-friendly county.
The resolution basically bans county money or resources from being used to help the federal government do its job, especially regarding immigration. Many people say this is restoring a big sense of hope among a very scared community.
Cheers erupted as Bernalillo County was named immigrant friendly.
"I said 'Yes,'" said Samia Assed. "This is the Albuquerque that stands for me."
"It means that families are now able to alleviate that sense of uncertainty alleviate that sense of fear," added Maria Mendez.
Many say recent actions, and executive orders from the Trump administration have created uncertainty and fear.
"I have been spit on several times. I've been chased by cars, I've been attacked verbally. I did feel. And when you target and you scapegoat a community it's horrific."
In an effort to change that, Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada made priority a resolution that would put some type of protection in place.
"It just really says that we can't really use county resources, state resources, to do the federal government's job," he said.
This isn't the county's first attempt at becoming immigrant friendly. Years ago, he said, the county established a policy to ban federal immigration enforcement and customs agents from setting up an office at the Metropolitan Detention Center.
This goes a step further.
"It is important first of all because it's creating safety, right, in our communities its created a space in which families are protected," Mendez said.
But not everyone was in support. Commissioner Wayne Johnson was the only one to vote against it.
"Quite frankly, that means respect for the laws of this state, this county, the city and this country," he said. "I see tonight's action as politically motivated, factually flawed and potentially dangerous."
As part of this resolution, Bernalillo County staff has been directed to review current policies to ensure they all comply.
Updated: March 14, 2017 10:41 PM
Created: March 14, 2017 10:01 PM
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