Woodstock considering sanctuary city resolution
William J. Kemble is reporting in the Daily Freeman the Woodstock Town Board is expected to put forward a sanctuary city resolution stating the municipality is welcoming to undocumented immigrants. Residents in attendance at a board meeting Tue., Jul. 18, requested the board approve a declaration that local police would not routinely ask people to produce papers to show they are in the country legally. Woodstock Town Supervisor Bill McKenna said he favors a policy under which local police would not ask people for documentation but objects to the term “sanctuary city” because it incorrectly implies that immigration law violators cannot be detained. Sanctuary declarations do not prevent federal immigration officers from doing their jobs within a designated community. “I truly believe it offers false hope,” McKenna said. “We can make this declaration ... over the Woodstock Police Department. We cannot control ... the [Ulster County] Sheriff’s [Office], and we cannot control the state police.” Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.