Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced Thursday that she will try to update the city’s “City of Sanctuaries” resolution that offers certain protections to illegal immigrants.
Warren says the City Law Department will craft a new resolution that includes recommendations released this week by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Schneiderman’s advice to “sanctuary cities” included clarification of where New York law enforcement agencies can limit their participation of federal efforts to find and deport illegal immigrants.
One determination found law enforcement can deny federal requests to detain people who have not been charged more than 48 hours.
Warren highlighted one particular guideline that she reads to mean Rochester will not have to help create a registry based on anyone’s race or religion.
“Rochester is the home of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, so the fight for inclusion and equality is nothing new to us. As an African American woman and the child of an immigrant, I am keenly aware of what discrimination feels like, and equally aware that it has no place or part in the ‘American Dream.’” Warren said in a statement.
Rochester City Council passed the current City of Sanctuaries resolution in 1986.
Warren says she will present the updated version that reflects some of Schneiderman’s suggestions to city council.
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