Common Council votes to make Hudson a sanctuary city
Rosa Acheson is reporting in the Register-Star Hudson is now a sanctuary city, following a vote by Common Council, Tue., Mar. 21. The approved resolution affirms a commitment to provide local government services regardless of immigration status. The measure passed on a vote of 10 to 1; Common Council President Claudia DeStefano cast the lone dissenting vote. The police department will now develop policies and procedures consistent with the order. However, Chief L. Edward Moore expressed some unease with the idea in a letter to Council prior to the vote on Monday, citing concerns around complying with federal law and the loss of federal funding. Moore wrote, "...I pledge that our department will perform as we have demonstrated over many years. We have no interest in becoming immigration officers or conducting unlawful interrogations of our residents. My opinion should not be interpreted as a resistance to the public will." However, Moore wrote, any order or resolution directing that a police officer be "less than fully cooperative with another police agency runs antithetical to our standard practices and sensibilities as a law enforcement agency." Read the full story in the Register-Star.