Last week Santa Fe, New Mexico lawmakers passed a resolution incorporating policies protecting illegal aliens and strengthening their position as a sanctuary city.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, the resolution, co-sponsored by City Councilors Joseph Maestas and Renee Villarreal, includes multiple policies intended to strengthen Santa Fe’s position as a sanctuary city, including keeping the immigration status of any person confidential and refusing access by immigration agents to city property.
“This is doubling down,” Maestas said. “We’re thumbing our nose at this incoming administration.”
On Thursday, Santa Fe officials gathered to announce the city has received a $150,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to work on Santa Fe’s stormwater management plan.
Mayor Javier Gonzales told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the city will continue to seek federal grants despite President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to cut off federal funding to “sanctuary” cities that don’t use local resources to help enforce federal immigration laws
“We fully are prepared to go forward and not only defend our status but to continue to seek more federal funds to invest in our community because we have positioned ourselves to be able to be good models for what can happen with those federal funds to improve the lives of its citizens,” Gonzales said.