In the wake of President Trump’s orders to launch deportation raids across the country and to coerce local governments into aiding in the enforcement of federal immigration laws, several jurisdictions are moving to pass and fortify existing policies that protect their immigrant residents. Santa Fe’s resolution will go before the Finance Committee this Monday, February 13th at 5 p.m. and before the full council on February 22nd. Last month, it was recommended unanimously by the Santa Fe Immigration Committee.
The national and New Mexico-based legal organizations endorsing the resolution this week are: National Immigration Law Center; Immigrant Legal Resource Center; the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico; New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association; Institute for Legal Training and Instruction; New Mexico Immigrant Law Center; Santa Fe Neighborhood Law Center; Santa Fe Dreamer’s Project; and a leading Albuquerque civil rights firm, Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward, P.A.
The city proposal, endorsed by dozens of local faith, labor, business, and community groups, also contains several new policies aimed at further integrating immigrants into the civic, cultural and economic life of Santa Fe. It includes improving language access for non-English speaking residents and working with Santa Fe’s other local governments to coordinate support and civil rights education for immigrant families and businesses.