Santa Fe mayor won't back down on city's sanctuary status
January 18, 2018 02:56 PM
SANTA FE, N.M. – Santa Fe’s mayor isn’t backing down when it comes to the capital city’s sanctuary city status. Wednesday, Mayor Javier Gonzales responded to a comment made by acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan.
In an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, Homan addressed the recent decision of California to become the first state in the U.S. to be a sanctuary state.
When asked what should be done in terms of lawmakers who enforce such laws, Homan said if politicians knowingly and willingly protect illegal immigrants who commit crimes, they should be held accountable.
“These politicians can’t make these decisions and be held unaccountable for people dying,” said Homan. “We need to hold these politicians accountable.”
In a tweet directly to President Trump, Mayor Gonzales made it clear, he’s not backing down.
“@realdonaldtrump can find me at the Santa Fe Mayor’s office from 8-6, Monday-Friday. I will stand up for all New Mexicans keeping their families together,” said Gonzales.
Just this week, KOB talked with Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis who seemed to challenge Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Nielsen recently said her department is seeking to charge leaders in cities that refuse to comply with federal deportation efforts.
In response, Councilor Davis said “my door is open, I welcome them to come try.” Davis is co-sponsoring a resolution with councilor Klarissa Peña to clarify what it means to be an ‘immigrant friendly’ city.
Albuquerque adopted the title in 2000, and with the current administration’s focus on illegal immigrants, Davis and Peña say they are hoping to eliminate fear and promote inclusion.
Updated: January 18, 2018 02:56 PM
Created: January 18, 2018 11:35 AM
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