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The Albuquerque City Council rejects proposal to change immigrant-friendly policies

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – There were cheers in the Albuquerque City Council as council members rejected a controversial move to roll back parts of the city’s immigrant-friendly policies. The policy prevents the city from helping federal officials enforce immigration laws.

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The bill, introduced by Councilmembers Brook Bassan and Renee Grout, would have created an exception if an immigrant is accused of a violent crime, human trafficking or drug trafficking.

Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe joined immigration advocates in the City Council chambers and outside City Hall on Monday in calling on council members to keep the current policy intact. “This amendment will not make Albuquerque safer. instead, conditions will arise that will further endanger public safety for all its residents,” said Archbishop Wester.

Council members voted 5-4 against the change.

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