Amid criticism and renewed focus on sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants in the United States, Princeton, New Jersey Mayor, Liz Lempert, recently upheld her town’s status as a sanctuary city. A sanctuary city is one that ignores federal laws and mandates that require law enforcement officials to report undocumented immigrants arrested in the U.S. to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. Cities that choose to ignore these laws offer immigrants in the United States a chance to seek asylum or citizenship without fear of persecution.
The recent murder of a San Francisco woman earlier this year by an undocumented immigrant that had been deported from the U.S. multiple times for criminal activities has some questioning the Mayor’s decision. Opponents to sanctuary cities are using the San Francisco murder as an example for the need for immigration reform, calling for clear mandates for accepting immigrants wishing to come to the U.S. Proponents for sanctuary cities are applauding the Mayor for her justice to provide a safe haven for those who escape harsh conditions in their own country.
In her recent press conference, Mayor Lempert, along with Princeton Chief of Police affirmed their commitment to Princeton remaining a sanctuary city. This is to ensure that all citizens are treated equally, providing impartial policing to all who live or travel through their township. Their current policies will continue to offer immigrants and residents the chance to feel safe to report crimes without fear of an immigrant’s legal status. The police will continue to decline the mandated laws to report undocumented immigrants to immigration officials when arrested for misdemeanor crimes and will not participate in raids or roundups of immigrants by federal authorities.
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Sanctuary cities offer respite to undocumented immigrants who are seeking asylum or citizenship. This does not; however mean that all undocumented immigrants will be protected from the laws. If you or someone you know is facing legal issues relating to immigration status, the experienced and well-respected legal team of Philadelphia immigration attorneys at Surin & Griffin, PC can help. Call us at 215-925-4435 or complete our online contact form to schedule a consultation today.
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