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Santa Fe mayor defends sanctuary cities

KOB.com Web Staff
November 16, 2016 06:25 PM

Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales is defending sanctuary cities on the national stage, appearing on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” Tuesday night.

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President-elect Donald Trump said he would remove federal funding for sanctuary cities such as Santa Fe. It's a threat backed by the fear that undocumented immigrants bring violent crimes.

Gonzales disagrees.

“Study after study has shown that sanctuary cities do not lead to an increase of crime because there’s an increase in undocumented immigrants,” Gonzales told hold Megyn Kelly. “This is a broken federal system. People are living in our communities peacefully and lawfully, and want to do so to achieve the American dream. If we fix the federal immigration system, cities won’t have to take on this position of protecting, our communities.”

Gonzales said since Santa Fe became a sanctuary city in 1999, nothing has shown there is a rise in crime rates or violent crime.

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