Patricia R. Doxsey reports in the Daily Freeman
that a group of Democratic lawmakers want to make Ulster County something of a sanctuary county for undocumented immigrants. An eight-page resolution called “A Policy to Maintain a Safe, Inclusive Government and Ensure the Protection, Order, Conduct, Safety, Health and Well-Being of All Persons in Ulster County” calls for county employees to not stop, question, interrogate, or arrest individuals “solely for the purpose of enforcing immigration law." The resolution also instructs employees not perform the functions of a federal immigration officer; to honor detainer requests from federal agents only in specific situations; and to deny federal agents access to inmates in county custody. Legislature Minority Leader Hector Rodriguez, the sponsor of the resolution, said the “sheriff right now maintains a different policy.” Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum said, “They can’t create policy for the Sheriff’s Office.... I’m an independently elected official. I’m the only one who can create policy for the Sheriff’s Office.” Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.