US Albuquerque, New Mexico passes 'immigrant friendly' measures

14:16  17 april  2018
14:16  17 april  2018 Source:   Reuters

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Bernalillo is New Mexico 's most populous county and includes the city of Albuquerque . The county's Board of Commissioners passed the immigrant friendly resolution in March as a symbolic gesture

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Albuquerque's majority-Democratic council voted 6-3 in favor of a measure to prevent federal immigration officials from entering city-operated areas, including a prisoner transport center, without a warrant.

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Deportations from ‘ immigrant - friendly ’ Albuquerque . In Albuquerque , New Mexico ’s biggest city, the City Council passed a resolution in February to affirm the city’s “ immigrant - friendly ” status.

Bernalillo is New Mexico 's most populous county and includes the city of Albuquerque . The county's Board of Commissioners passed the immigrant - friendly At the meeting, Johnson affirmed that the measure was in response to the federal government's requirement to access the county's detention

In a televised meeting, the council also barred city workers, including police, from collecting information on peoples' immigration status and prohibited local tax dollars from being spent on federal immigration law enforcement.

The measures were meant to bolster the "immigrant friendly" status of Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico where 47 percent of the population is Hispanic or Latino, the highest level for any U.S. state.

U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican, has tried to crack down on mainly Democratic-run cities and states that he claims are "sanctuaries" for illegal immigrants.

New Mexico is among the ten U.S. states with the highest percentages of illegal immigrants in their populations, according to Pew Research.

A federal judge in Los Angeles last week issued a nationwide injunction to prevent the U.S. Department of Justice requiring police departments to help immigration officials in order to receive federal grants.

The ruling marked an important win for local governments that have opposed Trump administration immigration policies and tried to keep out of federal immigration enforcement efforts.

(Reporting By Andrew Hay; editing by Darren Schuettler)

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