Mayor Berry’s hypocrisy from 2010 declaring Albuquerque is no longer a sanctuary city was on full display when he met with members of the Albuquerque’s Islamic community after President Trump’s ban on Muslim countries. (See January 31, 2017 Albuquerque Journal, “Mayor, Islamic leaders meet; New round of concerns for safety of Muslims”.)
According to Berry, representatives of APD were present and the primary topic of conversation was safety.
Berry was quoted as saying “We need a city where all of our families and communities feel safe.
It’s time like this where we have to stand shoulder to shoulder regardless of background.”
I wonder if Berry ordered APD representatives to take names of those who attended the meeting to determine if they are in the United States legally.
The hypocrisy is that On May 14, 2010 Mayor Richard Berry declared that Albuquerque was no longer a sanctuary city. (See http://www.koat.com/article/albuquerque-no-longer-a-sanctuary-city/5033128)
Berry ordered the implementation of a policy that screened every person who is arrested to see if the person is in the country legally.
At the prisoner transport center in downtown Albuquerque, Immigration and Customs Enforcement fingerprinted and scanned suspects. “If you’re arrested in Albuquerque — regardless of who you are and where you’re born — if you’re a citizen or not, you will be face to face with ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] at this facility,” said Berry. If convicted, they will serve their sentence and could be deported.
So no matter the charge, like DWI, you face US Customs if you’re arrested, regardless of guilt or innocence.
“I’m not looking at this as an immigration issue, but more as a public safety issue,” said Berry.
Berry’s declaration that Albuquerque is no longer a sanctuary city meant he did not want to stand shoulder to shoulder with Albuquerque’s immigrant community who no longer felt safe because of his declaration and their fear of being reported to immigration authorities by APD.