Mayor signs bill reaffirming city’s ‘immigrant friendly’ status

Published: April 24, 2018 5:44 pmViews: 39

ALBUQUERQUE — During a ceremony in the Mayor’s Office on Tuesday, Tim Keller signed the resolution passed by the City Council last week that reaffirms the “immigrant friendly” status the City Council first passed bank in 2000.

The immigrant-friendly resolution first passed in 2000, established a policy for those that live in the city limits to have access to municipal programs and directed the Albuquerque Police Department not to engage in federal immigration law enforcement.

The resolution also states that Albuquerque is a “safe place for immigrants from all countries, as well as for war refugees, people of color, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.”

Albuquerque City Council members approved the resolution, sponsored by Councilors Pat Davis and Klarissa Peña, by a 6-3 vote on April 16.

Under the previous mayor, immigration agents were given access to the Prisoner Transport Center to check the immigration status of those arrested by city police.

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Sources: Associated Press, Albuquerque Journal

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