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Hudson officials meet about immigration

Mar 11, 2019 12:55 am
Amanda Purcell reports for Columbia-Greene Media that Hudson city officials met March 8 to discuss an attempted Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrest earlier in the week on Warren St. in Hudson. The Columbia County Sanctuary Movement posted on social media that, “The March 2017 Welcoming and Inclusive City common council resolution and the executive order issued by the Mayor and Police Commissioner clearly states HPD [Hudson Police Department] is not to question community members regarding immigration status.... The Columbia County Sanctuary Movement has maintained that HPD is violating the order by asking about immigration status.” Two Hudson police officers responded to attempted ICE detaining, but stayed with their patrol car, according to Police Chief L. Edward Moore. First Ward Alderperson and Police Committee Chairman Kamal Johnson, Columbia County Sanctuary Movement Executive Director Bryan MacCormack, Hudson resident Luisa Burgos-Thillet, aide-to-Mayor Rick Rector Don Moore, and Common Council President Thomas DePietro met March 8 about the incident. Moore claimed that Hudson police do not ask about immigration status until after any arrests. “Our questioning is post-arrest,” Moore said. “We don’t make random street inquiries or make inquiries about witnesses or victims.” MacCormack said the two men sought by ICE were in Hudson City Court minutes before the attempted detention. Hudson Mayor Rick Rector would not draw a link. "As a member of the Common Council two years ago I both supported and voted for the welcoming-and-friendly resolution that was adopted by the Council,” Rector said. “I continue to both support it and will do what is necessary to insure that it is being upheld in addition to doing all I can to insure the safety and security for all residents and visitors to our community.” Read the full story at HudsonValley360.com.