ROCHESTER, NY (WROC/AP) — After President Trump said he plans to send released “illegal immigrants” to sanctuary cities, Mayor Lovely Warren says she would welcome immigrants seeking asylum.
In a statement, Mayor Warren tells News 8, “The City of Rochester is proud of its status as a Sanctuary City. As the home of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, we view our diversity as one of our greatest strengths, and believe immigrants have much to contribute to our community.”
She adds, “And, our city is committed to equity and treating all of our neighbors equally. If the federal government moves forward with its proposal to send immigrants seeking asylum to Sanctuary Cities, we will welcome them.”
Monday, the president said he would move forward with a plan to send migrants to sanctuary cities — or cities that have set rules to protect immigrants from deportation. In Rochester, the city designed a set of laws that carved in protections for undocumented immigrants while not violating federal laws.
In 2017, Governor Cuomo passed a state law to prevent state agencies from asking about immigration status.
Right now, it’s unclear if the Department of Homeland Security has taken any steps to implement Trump’s plan or exactly how it would be put in place.