NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - In the wake of recently sworn-in President Donald Trump issuing executive orders related to immigration, some of New Rochelle’s top officials came together to issue a statement regarding municipal policy and practice.
On Thursday, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, City Manager Chuck Strome and Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll issued a joint statement asserting that “immigrants are an essential part of New Rochelle’s identity and future.”
“The term, ‘sanctuary city’ has no precise definition, and we do not use it in New Rochelle, but we do make absolutely clear that all people of good will are welcomed, valued and respected in our community, regardless of their origins, and that immigrants are an essential part of New Rochelle’s identity and future,” they said in a statement issued to the community.
“For our Police Department, maintaining a respectful and mutually supportive relationship with all constituencies in New Rochelle is not just the right thing to do, it is also necessary to the promotion of public safety, which depends on trust and the free flow of information.”
The statement would go on to add that “this is why local police departments are not and should not engage in immigration enforcement, and our practices in New Rochelle reflect and support this principle.
“Of course, the New Rochelle Police Department will continue coordinating with federal authorities to apprehend and bring to justice criminals who threaten our safety, regardless of their immigration status.”