Cities are successful when they are safe places and places of opportunity, when they encourage and celebrate diversity. We absolutely cannot let federal policies destroy the fabric of our neighborhoods, the vital connections between *all* residents.
I also resist any steps toward federalizing our local law enforcement. What is often referred to as a “sanctuary city” ordinance which was requested by and is critical to the Minneapolis Police Department’s ability to do its job. Forcing MPD officers to do the work of U.S. Customs officials will harm their ability to keep people safe. Everyone, including undocumented individuals, needs to believe the police are on their side when they experience or witness crimes. Breaking that trust will make us all less safe.