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Letter: Brown should declare Buffalo a sanctuary city

Brown should declare Buffalo a sanctuary city

I am calling upon Mayor Byron Brown to be brave, to be an upstander.

President Trump’s Homeland Security Department has called for local police departments to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enforce his federal arrest and deportation orders pertaining to undocumented immigrants. The News has reported that roughly 5,000 live in our city.

It is not enough for Brown to say that ours is a refugee resettlement city. I want our mayor to state unequivocally that the Buffalo Police Department, whose commissioner serves at Brown’s pleasure, will not become part of a mass deportation force that arrests, incarcerates and deports undocumented immigrants.

The governor of Washington has banned any state employees from doing this, as have mayors in New York and Los Angeles. And New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also opposes this policy.

Additionally, other cities, such as San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., have become sanctuary cities, caring for the common humanity of their undocumented residents. Even Rochester is a sanctuary city.

So, does Brown have the courage to ban the Police Department from becoming Homeland Security surrogates, and to declare Buffalo a sanctuary city?

Gene Grabiner


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