Jackson Moves Closer To Sanctuary City Status
Jackson Free Press has a report on an August 19th Jackson City Council Planning Committee meeting where an ordinance that will prohibit law enforcement from inquiring about one’s immigration status was discussed. According to JFP, the policy would “prohibit police from soliciting information concerning immigration status for the purpose of enforcing federal immigration law and from demanding immigration status from a person who is seeking police services, including victims or witnesses to a crime.”
Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant recently wrote a letter to the council informing them that such a policy would violate state law. What happens if they go forward with this remains to be seen. I am sure Republicans would enjoy talking about it on the campaign trail in 2011.
Jackson would become the first sanctuary city in the state.
Councilmen Chokwe Lumumba, Kenneth Stokes, Charles Tillman, Frank Bluntson, and Tony Yarber were in attendance and none of them spoke out against the proposed ordinance.