FRESNO, Calif. — Valley law enforcement and immigration experts are responding to President Trump’s consideration to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities.
“This is an opportunity for people who want sanctuary cities to either put up or shut up,” said Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims.
Sheriff Margaret Mims is responding to President Trump’s consideration to place undocumented immigrants in federal custody in sanctuary cities like San Francisco and Oakland.
“If they want to provide a sanctuary, then they should welcome people that president may send, I suspect they don’t want to do that,” said Sheriff Margaret Mims.
Sanctuary cities refuse to enforce federal immigration law. Trump said if they want to protect them, they can have them.
Soon after, Governor Gavin Newsom and the mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaff responded saying the president is using immigrants as pawns and says this is an abuse of power.
Camille Cook is an immigration lawyer here in Fresno, and she said it may not be violating a law but it could be considered as retaliation.
“If it is retaliation or discrimination based on nationality based on they are treating different people from different countries than that would lead to some kind of case being filed by the ACLU,” said Camille Cook, immigration attorney.
Cook also doesn’t see how this will help the crisis because once the immigrants are in these sanctuary cities they can move around after that.
“People are going to find their way to the valley if this is where they were coming,” said Cook.
Sheriff Mims is coming off of meeting with President Trump and other law enforcement officials at the border at the beginning of April.
She said she remains focused on how the crisis will impact the valley.
“If they are here legally I am not going to have a problem with that, however if they commit a crime we need to hold them accountable,” said Mims.