Former Gov. Bill Richardson weighs in on sanctuary city controversy

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson
Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE)– Some communities are feeling especially uncertain about the future under the Trump administration, and the 300 or so sanctuary cities across the country are part of that group. The cities are known for being friendly places for undocumented immigrants,

President-elect Donald Trump has said he plans to yank federal dollars away from such communities, saying sanctuary policies lead to the harboring of criminals.

In response, many sanctuary cities including Santa Fe have been vocal in their commitment to protect otherwise law-abiding residents who are in the U.S. illegally.

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson weighed in on the controversy saying, “as long as local law enforcement community agrees with the mayor, this is a state’s rights issue. The police should be determined by a mayor.”

Members of law enforcement who support sanctuary policies say they encourage immigrants to report crimes instead of remaining in the shadows. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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