Since the conclusion of the 2016 Presidential Election, many people have been afraid of the militaristic immigration reform the President Elect has been talking about.
Law enforcement officials in Los Angles, Chicago, and New York have all come out against assisting federal agents in the deportation of undocumented immigrants.
Along with those officials, Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales wanted to ensure New Mexicans that local law enforcement officials will not be assisting federal agents in whatever plan President-Elect Trump has to offer.
“There’s no concern to be alarmed at this point,” Gonzales said.
Santa Fe was one of the first cities in New Mexico to come out against assisting federal law enforcement officials.
Additionally, New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas stated that he would hold back on any comment regarding reform until it became law.
As for the city of Albuquerque, city and council officials went on record saying that the only way they would assist federal deportation efforts would be if the immigrant committed a serious crime.
Gonzales stated that police currently do not hold illegal immigrants suspected of a crime for federal law enforcement officials to deport; they only notify them when the suspect has been released.
“They just want to be made aware when that person was booked and released from jail,” Gonzales said. “I’m going to support whatever protects the rights of every person and the lives of every person in this community.”
The Mexican Consulate in New Mexico recently asked Gonzales to help the Spanish speaking community understand any new immigration laws that are passed.