Albuquerque mayor signs bill affirming 'immigrant-friendly' status | KOB 4

Albuquerque mayor signs bill affirming 'immigrant-friendly' status Web Staff
April 24, 2018 06:15 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After the Albuquerque City Council voted last week to strengthen the city’s “immigrant-friendly” status, Mayor Tim Keller signed that resolution.


Albuquerque has held an "immigrant-friendly" status since 2000, and the new legislation affirms it. The resolution passed the council last Monday on a 6-3 vote.It will limit the information collected regarding citizenship or immigration status.

The legislation also states that the city will not use its resources to help in the enforcement of federal immigration law including refusing federal agents access to all city-operated areas, including the prisoner transport center.  In that case, federal agents would have to supply a warrant.

City Councilors Pat Davis and Klarissa Peña, along with supporters of the legislation, joined the mayor in his office as he signed the bill.

"We are one city regardless of where you came from or what your background is,” Keller said. "We will not allow our community to be divided, that’s not what Albuquerque stands for. Everyone in our city should be able to report crime or take their kids to the neighborhood park or library without fear of having their family torn apart."

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