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Saugerties sheriff criticizes New Paltz law

Apr 26, 2017 12:02 am
William J. Kemble reports in The Daily Freeman that Saugerties police chief Joseph Sinagra, who is also the Mid Hudson Police Chiefs Association president, says a New Paltz town law that hinders the access of federal immigration authorities violates constitutional law. “We, as police officers, take an oath to uphold the laws, the Constitution of the state of New York and the Constitution of the United States of America,” Sinagra said. “If Immigration and Customs Enforcement comes in and says ‘you have someone in custody and we want to talk with them for the sole purpose of determining their status in this country for possible deportation,’ for you to deny them access to that person is wrong.” Last week the New Paltz town board adopted a local law prohibiting New Paltz police from cooperating with federal officials unless required through judicial warrants and detainers. The law also says police are not allowed to, “stop, question, interrogate, investigate or arrest an individual based solely on ... actual or suspected immigration or citizenship status.” New Paltz Supervisor Neil Bettez had a different view of constitutional law, saying, “We will be a town that honors the Fourth and Tenth amendments (to the U.S. Constitution).” Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.
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