Illegal immigrants in one California town don’t have to fear deportation, according to a reassuring letter written in Spanish from Police Chief Carlos Basurto.
Police in Windsor, which is situated about 60 miles north of San Francisco, will not arrest or detain any person for immigration violations or conduct “sweeps” to locate those “illegally present in the United States,” his letter stated, according to an article in Judicial Watch on Thursday.
In the letter, Basurto explained that he is the grandson of illegal immigrants and knows that most of those people are good, but he conceded that there are some who are criminals.
“To think that this does not exist and that all immigrants are good people is to be either naïve, uninformed, or in denial,” he said, adding, “There is a segment committed to violence, drugs, and domestic terrorism.”
However, in the letter, the chief makes it clear that even those who commit minor legal offenses can rest assured that they will not be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. “Our community involves and includes everyone,” Basurto wrote. “I don’t want anyone, and I emphasize anyone, to be afraid to call upon us for assistance, information, advice or to report any crime or issue in our town.”
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He even went so far as to promise the illegal residents of Windsor’s community of approximately 28,000, “If you are an undocumented immigrant in the Town of Windsor, you do not need to fear the officers of the Windsor Police Department nor assume that they have any reason to bother you, detain you, or arrest you for simply being undocumented. Your immigration status is completely irrelevant to us.”
Basurto noted that his department does work with ICE to apprehend “serious or violent criminals,” but this is under the condition that ICE does not arrest people based on immigration status or minor offenses.
Windsor officials know that providing sanctuary to illegals could affect any federal funding the town may receive, so according to the article, “Town manager Linda Kelly, a seasoned government official, has recommended that Windsor keep its sanctuary practices under the radar.” Windsor officials intend to “adopt a resolution that omits the word sanctuary, instead declaring the town to be a united community that values diversity and the contributions of all residents.”
H/T: Judicial Watch
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