Mayor: Syracuse not enforcing federal anti-immigrant policies despite Trump's executive order

WSYR-TV - The City of Syracuse was declared a sanctuary city during Mayor Stephanie Miner’s State of the City address earlier this month.

The mayor received roaring applause during the announcement, and affirmed Syracuse’s commitment to “being tolerant, welcoming, and inclusive city which will continue to embrace diversity.”

However, on Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that will start to reshape U.S. immigration enforcement policies, taking steps toward fulfilling some of his most contentious pledges that shaped his campaign.

His executive order calls for an increase of federal officials patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border, looks to increase deportations of undocumented immigrants, and will kick-start his campaign promise to build a Mexico border wall.

The executive order will also target sanctuary cities—like Syracuse— by stripping “federal grant money from the sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants," according to press secretary Sean Spicer.

The term "sanctuary city" is a broad term applied to jurisdictions that have policies in place designed to limit cooperation with or involvement in federal immigration enforcement actions.

Most of the policies center around not cooperating with federal law enforcement on immigration policies.

Many of the largest cities in the country have forms of such policies, like Chicago and Los Angeles. New York is considering it.

Miner issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order attempting to pull funding from sanctuary cities:

“The resources of the City of Syracuse, including the Syracuse Police Department, are not being used to enforce federal anti-immigrant policies nor are they empowered to do so. We do not intend to change this practice and will scrutinize any proposed changes at the federal level thoroughly. I pledge we will continue Syracuse’s commitment to our New American residents, building the trust and relationships our neighbors deserve and continue to treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve. Syracuse is now and always will be a City that bids you welcome.”

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman echoed similar sentiments as Miner, saying:

“The President lacks the constitutional authority to cut off funding to states and cities simply because they have lawfully acted to protect immigrant families -- as described in the legal guidance my office issued last week. Local governments seeking to protect their immigrant communities from federal overreach have every right to do so.”

Schneiderman also said, “I urge President Trump to revoke this Executive Order right away. If he does not, I will do everything in my power to fight it.”


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