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These Mayors Sticking Up For The Immigrants In Their Cities Will Bring You To Tears

We’re just a little over one week out from Election Day and there is growing opposition to President-elect Donald Trump and his plans to deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants immediately. Trump has even promised to cut federal funding to cities that continue their sanctuary city status and policies. But sanctuary cities across the country are standing up for their undocumented residents and defying Trump’s plans.

So, what’s a sanctuary city?

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A sanctuary city is a city that has procedures to limit local law enforcement and government officials from aiding Immigration and Customs Enforcement from detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants. Here are some cities that are standing up for their undocumented resident.

Los Angeles Police Department came out strong vowing to protect undocumented immigrants.


LAPD Chief Charlie Beck made it clear that the job of LAPD is not tied to helping with federal detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti doesn’t use the term sanctuary city – but stands by the undocumented community of LA.

“We cooperate all the time with federal immigration officials when there are criminals that are in our midst and need to be deported,” Garcetti told immigrant rights advocates during a meeting, according to the LA Times. “With that said, we’re a very welcoming city, where our law enforcement officers and LAPD don’t go around asking people for their papers, nor should they.”

Chicago’s mayor has also voiced his commitment to protect undocumented immigrants in the Midwest city.


“To all those who are, after Tuesday’s election, very nervous and filled with anxiety, you are safe in Chicago, you are secure in Chicago and you are supported in Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a news conference, according to NPR. “Chicago has in the past been a sanctuary city. It always will be a sanctuary city.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to protect undocumented immigrants by withholding information obtained by the IDNYC program.


IDNYC was launched in 2015 to offer New York City residents government issued IDs, regardless of immigration status, to help them get access to services that require IDs. Trump’s victory on Nov. 8 has prompted de Blasio to hint at a possible move by New York City to delete all the information on the IDNYC database.

“So on something like [the database], I think because it touches that button directly of whether people’s personal privacy is going to be respected, I think that’s one where there would be a real fight,” Mayor de Blasio said during a press conference, according to CNN. “As you know there’s been an ongoing plan regardless of any electoral activity how long records are kept. Given this new reality we’re certainly going to assess how we should handle it.”

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee took to Twitter proclaiming that San Francisco will always be a sanctuary city.


“Let us come together to show the nation and the world what we have always known, anything is possible when we are united for the common good,” Mayor Lee said in a statement, according to NBC Bay Area.

Seattle’s Mayor, Ed Murray, had some strong language to go against Trump’s threats of mass deportation.


“These are our neighbors, and we will continue to support our neighbors,” Murray told Seattle residents during a press conference, according to The Seattle Times. “We can’t allow ourselves to be divided and sorted out. That’s not America.”

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, the son of Guatemalan immigrants, joined his New England neighbors to stand against the threats of mass deportation.


Providence, Rhode Island is not officially designated as a sanctuary city, but the mayor has vowed to protect undocumented immigrants who called Providence home. Providence does work with federal enforcement officials when undocumented immigrants charged with a crime but not for “simple civil infractions,” according to The Providence Journal.

“I’ve been in touch with both mayors [of New York City and Los Angeles] and I’ve told them that we’re going to stand together on this,” Elorza told The Providence Journal. “We’re not going to sacrifice any of our people and we’re going to continue with the policy we’ve always had.”

The host city of the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia.


Earlier this year, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney restored the city’s status as a sanctuary city. The decision effectively barring law enforcement officers and prison officials from disclosing undocumented immigrants to federal immigration agents.

“First of all, we’ve changed the name from ‘sanctuary city’ to ‘the Fourth Amendment city,'” Mayor Kenney told Philly.com. “We respect and live up to the Fourth Amendment, which means you can’t be held against your will without a warrant from the court signed by a judge. So, yeah, we will continue to be a Fourth Amendment city abiding by the Constitution.”

“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, and we’ll see how it goes and we’ll try to figure something out,” Mayor Kenney added when asked about the threat of losing federal funding.

The nation’s capitol is even pledging their commitment to protect undocumented immigrants from being forcibly deported.


“The values, laws, and policies of Washington, DC did not change on Election Day. We celebrate diversity and respect all DC residents no matter their immigration status,” Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote in a post-election statement. “We are a sanctuary city because we know that our neighborhoods are safer and stronger when no one is afraid to call on our government for help, and when our police can focus protecting and serving.”

Just next door to New York City, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is standing with undocumented immigrants of New Jersey.


Newark, New Jersey has a similar set of policies in place to protect undocumented citizens like New York City and Los Angeles. The city will not detain undocumented immigrants without a judge’s request and Mayor Baraka doesn’t seem to be wanting to change those policies.

“We are not going to sacrifice thousands of people who live among us, who are part of our community, and who contribute to the economy and vitality of Newark,” Mayor Baraka said in a statement. “We are not going to tear families apart.”

Portland, Oregon’s new mayor-elect, Ted Wheeler, is already making big announcements by promising to protect Portland’s sanctuary city status.


“Portland is a city that values inclusion, diversity, and has been welcoming to thousands of people from around the world who now proudly call the Rose City home,” Wheeler told Willamette Weekly. “We will always see ourselves as a sanctuary city, and we will continue to be welcoming to everyone. President-Elect Donald Trump will be the president of all of America, and that requires an understanding of the values that drive Portland and other cities. These are our values.”

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Mayor Betsy Hodges released a statement via Facebook to comfort all minorities who feel threatened by a Trump presidency.

To those who awoke afraid and more vulnerable to a President who has pledged to attack you: I stand with you, your city…

Posted by Betsy Hodges on Wednesday, November 9, 2016


“That is not an invitation to naiveté. People’s lives, livelihoods, safety, and well-being are at stake,” Mayor Hodges wrote on Facebook. “We must continue, as always, to take a stand against what is coming, to fight for and with people against the meanness that is upon us. We must continue, as always, to stand for what is best in us as people – helping rather than hindering, inclusion rather than division.”

To all these mayors standing up for the residents in their cities…

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We applaude you ?.


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Michael Bloomberg Apologizes For Stop-And-Frisk Policy But A Racially-Charged Audio Clip Shows A Different Side

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Michael Bloomberg Apologizes For Stop-And-Frisk Policy But A Racially-Charged Audio Clip Shows A Different Side

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An audio clip is circulating that shows Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s full-throated support of stop and frisk and racial profiling. The candidate has tried to distance himself from the racist and dangerous policy that did more damage to minority communities than it solved crimes.

Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s own words supporting racial profiling are coming back to haunt him.

The clip is from a speech the former mayor of New York gave in 2015. In the speech, he not only defends the use of stop and frisk but uses racist stereotypes and tropes to make his point. Bloomberg admits that he wants his police force to racially profile people in order to make the arrests. How? Well, Bloomberg believes that you can send the police to minority communities because that is where the crimes are committed. He also claimed that the victims and murderers fit one M.O. so you can Xerox the description to all of the police so any Black or brown person should be treated as a criminal subjected to unconstitutional searches.

But, don’t worry. Bloomberg feels bad about it now and wishes he acted sooner.

Before the event in Houston, Bloomberg tried to brag about how he cut back the program by 95 percent before he left the office of Mayor of New York City. However, what he fails to tell people is that during his time in office, he expanded the stop and frisk program. He also pressured the police force to keep the number of arrests and stops with stop and frisk at very high levels for years. He only cut back the program because his office was facing numerous and mounting lawsuits and political pressure.

Basically, Bloomberg is now apologizing for a program he embraced and expanded while mayor of New York. He is now backpedaling his racist comments and association to the program because he is running for president. Does he have any actual remorse? That’s yet to be proven.

In speaking to potential voters at the Christian Cultural Center, a Black church in Brooklyn, Bloomberg showed remorse for his handling of the controversial stop-and-frisk policy. During his 12-year tenure as mayor and well after he left office, Bloomberg defended the policing strategy which allowed city officers to stop and search anyone they suspected of committing a crime.

“I was determined to improve police-community relations while at the same time reducing crime even further,” Bloomberg said at the church. “Our focus was on saving lives. But the fact is: Far too many innocent people were being stopped.”

Statistics show that the policy didn’t work as it should have and instead targeted people of color in the community, most notably Black and Latino residents.  

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The stop-and-frisk policy was in place long before Bloomberg took office in 2002 and has long been viewed as a policy that directly targeted Black and Latino communities. The strategy allowed city police to detain an individual and subject them to unnecessary searches sometimes to look for possible weapons, drugs or other paraphernalia. An officer would have to have a reasonable belief that the person is, has been, or is about to be involved in a crime. The purpose of the policy was to deter violent crime in the city but, in return, it destroyed police-community relations for years in New York. 

“The temperature in the city at the time was that the police were at war with Black and brown people on the streets,” Jenn Rolnick-Borchetta, the director of impact litigation at the Bronx Defenders, told the New York Times. “And that is how people experienced it.”

Statistics show that Black and Latino people were nine times as likely as white people to be stopped by police officers when it came to the policy. They were no more likely to be arrested, the New York Times reported back in May 2010.

During Bloomberg’s tenure as New York City mayor, there was a huge spike in the overall use of the stop-and-frisk policy. According to the New York Times, the number of stops reached a peak of 685,724 in 2011 and then fell to 191,851 in 2013. In Bloomberg’s 12 year tenure as mayor, there were 5,081,689 stops by police recorded. 

Political pundits and criminal justice reform advocates are fiercely criticizing Bloomberg’s sudden backtracking on the controversial policy.

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There has been a growing wave of criticism for Bloomberg’s sudden policy walk back that is coming just as he is set to announce his 20202 campaign run. Many are criticizing Bloomberg as changing his tune in an attempt to appeal to the voters once terrorized by a policy he spent over a decade defending. One of the most high profile critics has been current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who dropped out of the 2020 presidential race earlier this year. 

“This is LONG overdue and the timing is transparent and cynical,” Mayor de Blasio tweeted.“With all due respect to my predecessor, we’ve spent six years undoing the damage he created with this bankrupt policy. We ended stop and frisk AND drove down crime. Actions speak louder than words.”

Another critic was social justice advocate Shawn King who decried Bloomberg’s apology. He voiced what some see as a political walk back in midst of a potential run at president. 

“BULLSHIT. After years of running the Apartheid-like policy of stopping and frisking millions of people of color throughout New York City, and then defending it every day in office, then every day he was out of office up until this week, @MikeBloomberg,” King tweeted

Many view his apology as a way to try to gain Black and Latino voters. More importantly, it is seen as an attempt to regain years of lost trust between him and the community. 

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“The fact is, far too many innocent people were being stopped while we tried to do that. The overwhelming majority of them were black and Latino,” Bloomberg told church attendees on Sunday. “That may have included, I’m sorry to say, some of you here today. Perhaps yourself or your children, or your grandchildren, or your neighbors, or your relatives.”

There is one notable person that has voiced his approval in Bloomberg’s apology, Rev. Al Sharpton, who said the former mayor reached out to him. He says that history will be the judge of the policy-making that Bloomberg had in New York City. 

“Whatever his motive is, I’m glad that he’s taking this stand,” Sharpton told the Daily News. “We will have to wait and see whether it was politically motivated but Mr. Bloomberg should be judged by the same standards we judged Joe Biden, the author of the 1994 Crime Bill that led to disproportionate numbers of Black and brown men going to jail for years, as well as Senator Bernie Sanders, who voted for it.”

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AOC Has A D.O.G And It’s Making Its Rounds About Capitol Hill

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AOC Has A D.O.G And It’s Making Its Rounds About Capitol Hill

Just when we thought Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.) couldn’t shake up the D.C. scene more than she already has, it turns out the congresswoman has a new trick up her sleeve.

Earlier this year in January, news surfaced that the congresswoman had adopted a French bulldog by the name of Deco. In a post to her Instagram page, the progressive Democrat welcomed the pup into the world with a post writing “Hey boo boo! Hi, welcome to our family.”

Now it turns out, AOC’s new pup is meant for the community, so you might have a chance to hang with him if you’re in his side of the hood

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Responding to a question on Twitter about whether she intended to bring the dog to work, AOC said Deco is meant to be a dog about town.

“The goal is to train him to be a community pup,” she shared in a post that featured him taking a nap in her lap. “Ideally we want to work to the point where he can enjoy town halls, be an Amtrak pup, come to the office, etc. But first, naps.”

According to People.com, AOC’s new Frenchie had been nameless for a few weeks and the congresswoman eagerly collected name suggestions from her followers on twitter.

“He doesn’t have a name yet!,” Ocasio wrote in an Instagram in January. “We are thinking something Star Trek-related or Bronx/Queens/NYC/social good related.”

Ultimately Ocasio-Cortez did pick a name from suggested from her community.

“As we took [the dog] for a walk…a neighbor suggested we name him after an artist,” AOC explained in an Instagram story. Ultimately the congresswoman and her boyfriend Riley decided to not go for an artist’s name but one inspired by the early 20th-century art deco movement. “We loved the idea, and decided to name him after one of Riley & I’s favorite design styles: Art Deco — which also is inspired by themes of optimism & social and technological progress, and is a fixture in iconic NYC architecture,” she later explained said.

Turns out, AOC’s new French is rocketing to stardom just like his mother.

Earlier this week, Representative Ayanna Pressley (D–Mass.) shared a photo of herself hanging out with Deco for the very first time and used it as a chance to hype up AOC.

“Making the Capitol better one puppy snuggle at a time: @AOC & Deco,” Pressley tweeted in a post