And it was definitely WE, as you can see from these images. A group of perhaps 200 people from all the populations of Santa Fe—adults who run businesses here, homeowners who employ undocumented workers to do everything, children who fear the deportation of their parents, church leaders reminding us that Jesus was a refugee, Spanish speakers telling us through a translator of their fear of leaving their houses in the face of ICE sweeps—all of us, together, smiling, cheering, waving our fingers in the air after one of the City Counselors asked us not to applaud after each of the sixty speakers…
WE DID IT. On Wednesday, the Santa Fe City Council passed, unanimously, a resolution reaffirming our status as a Sanctuary City and spelling out exactly what this means:
- Our local police will not cooperate with ICE or turn over names of the undocumented.
- They cannot be arrested or detained in any federal building.
- They are under no obligation to open their doors to a raid and under no obligation to turn over personal information such a social security numbers.
- Schools and universities here are asked to reaffirm their commitment to the protection of their students.
And, with our strengthened legal status, Santa Fe lawyers will begin looking into a suit against the Republican administration, based on its many attacks on our civil rights and the organizations we need for our health and our welfare.
The big cities—San Francisco, New York—have (as I see it) followed the example of this small town of seventy thousand, capital of one of the poorest states in the U.S.
WE DID IT TOGETHER.
[Related, I highly recommend reading my friend and fellow author Bonnie Lee Black’s piece on an event she attended in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Jorge Ramos: “Looking for Home.” Bonnie writes, “A Mexican by birth and a United States citizen by choice, Ramos — who now lives in Miami and is the nightly television anchor at Univision, as well as a bestselling author and winner of eight Emmy awards for excellence in journalism — may be best known to most American news followers who are not regular Univision viewers as the Latino journalist who was physically ejected from a press conference held by Donald Trump on the campaign trail in Dubuque, Iowa, in late 2015.” Read Bonnie’s full piece.