Reaction to Trump's immigration politics and wall-building has finally flowed down to the City of Rye. In a last minute addition to Wednesday's city council agenda over the weekend, the council will consider "a Resolution establishing guidelines and policies regarding immigration and citizenship status".
The resolution notes that Rye PD will not "stop, question, interrogate, investigate or arrest" solely on the basis of "actual or suspected immigration or citizenship status" or ’Civil immigrant detainer’ or an administrative warrant in the individual’s name or an immigration detainer in the individual’s name, including those identified in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database." The NCIC is a crime database maintained by the FBI.
City Councilwoman Danielle Tagger-Epstein told MyRye.com "This resolution has been worked on over the course of the past several weeks – I have worked closely with Public Safety Commissioner Corcoran , the Human Rights Commission and Corporation Counsel Wilson. We wanted to create a policy that is enforceable – basically a public safety policy. It makes sure that people will continue to report crimes, feel safe, is a good use of our limited resources and allow our police to have the ability to do their job. This policy mirrors the County in some ways, but is much stronger in that we will specifically require our officers to inquire about immigration status when we arrest individuals for a felony or drunk driving."
Other highlights: "in the absence of a judicial warrant, the Rye Police shall not honor ICE or CBP requests for certain personal information about the individual.
And shockingly, in the year 2017, we need a resolution to say this:
"AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that it is further policy of the City of Rye that City resources not be used to create or assist in the creation of any registry, including a Federal registry, that is based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity or national origin."
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