SANTA FE – Mayor Javier Gonzales Monday re-affirmed Santa Fe’s status as pro-immigrant city, as other mayors around the country have done since Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election.
“We proudly stand by our policy of human rights for all immigrants,” Gonzales said in a statement. “It has benefited our people, made us a safer, more cooperative community, and strengthened our economy, and we have no intention to reverse course or be bullied into abandoning our values.” The Santa Fe police operate under a policy against asking about immigration status when arresting someone or during other interactions with the public.
The mayor, a Democrat and former chairman of the state Democratic Party, referred to an unspecified “salvo” from Trump and the Republican Congress.
Trump has promised to build a wall at the Mexican border and pledged to toughen federal immigration laws and deport millions of people in the country illegally or who have been convicted of crimes. He also has called for canceling all federal funding for pro-immigrant “sanctuary cities.”
Santa Fe receives about $6.1 million federal funds annually, a city spokesman said.
“This threat is intended to divide us against each other,” Gonzales said. “It is one of the first, but it won’t be the last we see out of this administration, which based on its own words intends to persecute and attack not only immigrants but women, Muslims, people of color, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and more.”
“We cannot and will not give in to the temptation to let anger, hatred, and division win out over decency, common ground and collaboration for the greater good,” Gonzales added. “Regardless of what may come, we value every member of the Santa Fe community and we will fight for them.”