Davis, Peña: new bill will block ICE from city facilities, protect immigrant access to city services

No one is Albuquerque, regardless of immigration status, should worry that if they sign up for a library card or after-school program for their child that an ICE agent will follow them home.

It’s time to end the fear.

Yesterday, standing alongside brave undocumented neighbors, allies and advocates for justice, Councilor Klarissa Peña and I introduced new legislation to close the loopholes Mayor Berry exploited to grant ICE agents access to police facilities and city records.

 

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As the Department of Homeland Security looks to crack down on sanctuary cities, Albuquerque city councilors are stepping up. The Homeland Security secretary confirmed Tuesday her department is seeking to charge leaders in cities that refuse to comply with federal deportation efforts, but Councilor Pat Davis said bring it on.

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. City councilors passed a resolution last year to protect immigrants in the city, but Davis said the language must not have been clear enough.

“But as we’ve seen, the old administration still invited ICE into our prisoner transport center were still willing to participate so with this we tend to make it very clear,” he said.

With a new mayor and administration, the new resolution aims to eliminate fear and promote inclusion. It promises equal rights in all circumstances.

“No immigrant, no refugee, no family member of someone with a different citizenship status should feel unwelcome in this building at City Hall with us,” Davis said.

We know that our immigrant neighbors came to America to prove themselves and make their families stronger. They work in our homes, toil in restaurant kitchens and on building sites, and serve as attorneys and pastors in businesses and churches across our communities.