San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia has announced his department will continue to refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials regarding illegal immigrants.
Garcia said at a press conference Friday morning at the San Jose police headquarters that there is “real fear” in his community since Donald Trump was elected President, and he’s trying to ease their concerns about the possibility of being deported.
Maintaining the “sanctuary city” policy, Garcia insisted he would continue to ignore federal immigration laws. “This is nothing new in San Jose,” Garcia stated. “I am here to reassure the community that our long standing stance on immigration laws will not change.”
Joining him at the press conference was Mayor Sam Liccardo, who was a Hillary Clinton supporter, along with City Manager Norberto Duenas and Mauricio Toussaint, who is Mexico’s consul general to San Jose, according to the San Jose Inside.
Chief Garcia has close affiliations with the open-borders, pro-immigrant group, La Raza. On his Twitter account was a post where he shared a photo, with the caption, “At La Raza Roundtable meeting with two future recruits!!”
At La Raza Roundtable meeting with two future recruits!! pic.twitter.com/maKUVVCEck
— Eddie Garcia (@sjpdchief) January 30, 2016
Violent rioting broke out when Donald Trump held a campaign rally in San Jose in June. Instead of trying to stop the rioting, the San Jose police department simply “held their line” and did not try to stop the attacks.
Garcia received national backlash and calls for his resignation over the way his department failed to stop the attacks against Trump supporters attending the rally. The police department only made four arrests from the entire riot.
“We are not an ‘occupying force’ and cannot reflect the chaotic tactics of the protesters,” Garcia stated at the time. Unless a victim’s life was in peril or the violence was “spiraling out of control,” he said officers stood down to avoid inciting more violence and having the crowd turn on officers. He claimed his 250 officers were not enough to control the roughly 400 protesters.
Mayor Liccardo put out a statement after the riot at the Trump rally, blaming the violence on Trump’s “divisive campaign rhetoric.”
Trump has threatened to withdraw federal funding from all sanctuary cities, which would apply to San Jose as well.
The following photos are just a few reminders of the violence that took place in San Jose during Trump’s rally.
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