City leaders to represent Tucson at first-ever sanctuary city conference

Updated: Mar. 27, 2017 at 5:23 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - City leaders from around the country will meet in New York Monday for the first-ever national conference on sanctuary cities.

These are cities that won't work with the government when it comes to federal immigration enforcement.

Tucson is not a sanctuary city, technically, but an "immigr ant friendly community."

They've been very careful with the wording, so not to lose federal funding.

President Trump has ordered to cut funding if cities harbor undocumented immigr ants.

But that's not stopping Tucson's vice mayor, and city councilwoman Regina Romero from representing the Tucson at a sanctuary cities conference this week.

Romero said the meeting isn't just about sanctuary cities, but a chance to talk about what rights people and cities have against state and federal policies.

"I think people fight over a word. I think that as long as we provide policy…I feel comfortable with the language, other people do not feel comfortable with the language," Romero said. "I much rather make sure that as a city, we're providing rights for every resident and that we're providing services like public safety equally throughout the community."

Romero said she plans to talk about the recent resolutions the city has passed in terms of public safety for all people.

She said she also wants to learn what other cities and states are doing in pursuit of immigr ant and civil rights.

"I want to make sure that if there is policy, that we need to prepare ourselves for any possibility of mass deportations within our city. So I want to make sure that we as a city are prepared," she said.

Romero added she will have the chance to present during the two-day conference and will share what she's learned when she comes back.

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