sanctuary cities

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Political scandal and personal turmoil that toppled Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse. An ongoing battle over declaring Troy a Sanctuary City. And the retirement of longtime Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners. WAMC's Dave Lucas takes a look back at the news stories that dominated Capital Region headlines in 2019.

Troy Mayor Vetoes Sanctuary Measure

Jul 13, 2019
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The Democratic mayor of Troy, New York has vetoed a measure passed Thursday night by the common council as part of a move to declare Troy a sanctuary city.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that a redacted version of the Mueller report will be released this week, and how that will affect tensions between President Trump and Congress. He also comments on a plan by President Trump to send detained immigrants to "sanctuary cities," and whether liberal politicians in those cities will welcome the idea. 

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the arrest of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Thursday, and reports that Assange faces a charge related to a U.S. leak in 2010.

Audience members hold up signs for and against a measure to declare Troy a sanctuary city at Thursday's city council meeting.
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After more than two hours of public dialogue on a resolution to declare Troy, New York a sanctuary city, the city council voted to delay action last night.

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A federal judge says the Trump administration can't withhold over $29 million from six states and New York City in a clash over their immigration policies as so-called "sanctuary" jurisdictions.

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A growing number of communities across the nation have declared themselves to be sanctuary cities, meaning local officials, including the police, will not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts, but is that designation more than just a slogan? The case of 29-year-old Danny Castro who was arrested in Newark, New Jersey and almost deported, despite the city’s sanctuary designation, has raised that question.


    City officials have found no cause to evict an undocumented immigrant who is being sheltered by a church in Springfield, Massachusetts against the wishes of the city’s mayor. 


  The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is considering an order to block a crackdown against a church that is providing sanctuary to an undocumented immigrant.


        The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is threatening the tax-exempt status of a church because an undocumented immigrant is being sheltered there. 

      A western Massachusetts man who is facing deportation to Iraq was freed this week from detention.  Another undocumented immigrant who has lived in the Springfield area for decades continues to reside in an Amherst church where he was given sanctuary last year. 

Vermont immigrant advocates say they're concerned a pending change to a state policy on how police work with immigrants could make it less likely immigrants will seek out police in emergencies. But Republican Governor Phil Scott said Thursday he doesn't believe the state is in danger of losing funding.

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he doesn't believe the U.S. Justice Department has done its homework by asking the state if it is complying with a federal law that requires the sharing of information about immigration enforcement.

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At an uncertain time for immigration policy in the U.S., sanctuary cities are the focus of an Albany Law symposium tonight.


    Activists rallied in Massachusetts today to protest immigrant detention legislation filed by Governor Charlie Baker. 

Residents of Albany are being invited to meet their refugee and immigrant neighbors at a panel discussion Thursday.

Pittsfield To Discuss Sanctuary Policies

May 8, 2017
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The Pittsfield City Council is scheduled to discuss sanctuary policies adopted by the city’s police department. It’s the result of a citizens’ petition amid fears of increased federal immigration enforcement activity. 

New Paltz Town Board To Vote On Immigration Law

Apr 20, 2017
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A town board in the Hudson Valley is set to vote Thursday night on a proposed immigration law following a public hearing.

As some communities in the region establish themselves as “Sanctuary Cities,” Schenectady appears to be distancing itself from the label as it considers its options. The Schenectady city council has been discussing immigration, a hot topic that has drawn dozens of residents at recent meetings.


Government officials are reacting to the latest federal threats to "claw back" funding earmarked for sanctuary cities.

Hudson City Council Passes Sanctuary City Resolution

Mar 22, 2017
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The city of Hudson in Columbia County, New York is among the latest to pass a sanctuary city resolution.

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    The Trump administration is trying to turn up the pressure on so-called sanctuary cities, but so far activists in western Massachusetts are not backing down in their efforts to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Courtesy of Assemblyman Kieran Lalor

In recent days, municipalities in our region and around the country have been parsing President Trump’s new immigration and refugee policies. Now, a New York assemblyman from the Hudson Valley has written to the governor, opposing the use of state tax dollars to pay for sanctuary cities to litigate against the federal government or to replace withheld federal funding. He also is calling on area polling institutes to ask New Yorkers whether they support sanctuary cities.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announces her office is seeking to join a lawsuit brought by the ACLU to challenge President Trump's Executive Order on immigration. She was joined by immigrant advocates, representatives of the state's health c
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The Massachusetts attorney general is taking action to challenge President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration.

As protests erupted over the weekend against President Trump’s immigration and refugee bans, communities in Massachusetts are responding to the president’s proposed crackdown on sanctuary cities. Trump signed an executive order threatening to strip federal funds from communities that harbor undocumented immigrants.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says police should be able to use an individual's immigration status to help protect local communities.

Baker said Thursday that he opposes creating statewide protections for immigrants in the country illegally, saying that option should be left to cities and towns.

Baker says Massachusetts communities have taken different approaches in dealing with immigrants, adding that local officials are best positioned to make those decisions.