Eddie Perez, mayor of Hartford, Conn., has just signed the city ordinance mentioned here and here. No replies to my e-mails, and The Hartford Courant continues to ignore the issue; comments are turned off for today’s story.
Hartford is on it’s way to becoming a sanctuary city for sure.
Here’s one councilman that should be thrown out of office…
City Councilman Luis Cotto, of the Working Families Party, introduced the bill and was surprised to hear from reporters that Perez had signed it.
That said, Cotto was pleased.
The new ordinance simply puts into the law what is already police procedure, Cotto said.
“We’re just jumping on the side of saying, ‘Hey, this is not our jurisdiction. Hartford has way too many things to worry about,'” Cotto said.
“If you are a law abiding resident of the City of Hartford, you should have no fear of reporting a crime to police and you should be able to utilize the city’s services,” he said. “People are here. We can’t do anything about that.”
What percentage of the criminals in Hartford are illegal aliens?
“Our obligation to comply with federal law has not changed,” Perez said in a press release Monday. “The ordinance requires that the police notify federal authorities if an arrestee turns out to be undocumented. It also requires that city employees deny any federally-funded services to illegal immigrants if required to do so under federal law.”
Oh really? Here is a link to the final ordinance signed by Perez. I can not find the statement where it requires the HPD to notify federal authorities if an arrestee turns out to be illegal, but here’s the section that really ticks me off.
No person shall be detained solely on the belief that he or she is not present legally in the United States, or that he or she has committed a civil immigration violation. There is no general obligation for a police officer to contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding any person.
Hartford police officers shall not make arrests or detain individuals based on administrative warrants for removal entered by ICE into the National Crime Information Center database, including administrative immigration warrants for persons with outstanding removal, deportation or exclusion orders. Enforcement of the civil provisions of United States immigration law is the responsibility of Federal immigration officials.
So much for agency cooperation. What happens if an illegal alien – interviewed and let go by the HPD – kills someone? Who takes the responsibility Perez?