SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales is drawing national attention after announcing his decision to keep Santa Fe as a sanctuary city.
Santa Fe currently has status as a sanctuary city. That means for low level offenders, the city’s police officers don’t check immigration status and don’t hand those suspects over to federal immigration officials for deportation.
Other cities such as Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City have a similar sanctuary city status.
But in late October, during a major speech in Gettysburg laying out his plans should he be elected president, Donald Trump made a promise that on his first day in office he’d take several steps to “restore security and constitutional rule of law.”
“We will cancel all federal funding of sanctuary cities,” said Trump.
According to a city spokesperson, Santa Fe is receiving $6.1 million in federal grant funding this current fiscal year.
When asked if Santa Fe would retain its sanctuary city status under the threat of losing federal funding, Mayor Gonzales reiterated his support for the policy but left the question somewhat open.
“We’re a long ways before knowing whether the city will have to absorb that kind of a hit or even consider having to modify this policy,” Gonzales said. “It’s too early to say now and what I’ll say is we’ll fight to the very end to hold onto our status as always being welcoming.”
Gonzales is hoping that the president-elect will change his mind on this issue or soften his stance, as he’s done on other issues.
The mayor has been drawing national attention ever since he announced his decision, even appearing on a Fox News show hosted by Megan Kelly.