WHEREAS, the City of Little Rock, Arkansas (“the City”), has complied with Federal Requirements to obtain Federal Grant Monies pursuant to 8 USC § 1373; and,
WHEREAS, the requirements only ask that the City cooperate with Federal Law Enforcement Officials in appropriate cases that address issues of illegal immigration; and,
WHEREAS, it is important for the City to declare its intentions always to comply with State and Federal Statutory and Constitutional Requirements.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CITY OF LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS:
Section 1. The City will not engage in any program or activity which would require a failure to cooperate to the extent provided by law with any appropriate Federal Agency that needs to obtain information about citizenship or immigration status of a person in the custody of the City.
Section 2. The City will not engage in any program or activity which violates an individual’s statutory or constitutional rights in order to cooperate with any appropriate Federal Agency that needs to obtain information about citizenship or immigration status of a person in the custody of the City
The resolution is a reflection of what we are already doing internally not only to have kept DOJ public safety fund grants we received but, going forward we must already be doing this to qualify for any new DOJ Public safety grants.I commented to Hines that I had some doubts about the legislature's ability to dictate law enforcement
I also believe that much of the AR legislature already believes Little Rock is a “sanctuary city” which is not the case but we as the policy making body of the city should recognize more publicly what we are already doing in order to keep the legislature from pre-emoting us. This only applies to criminal illegal aliens in City custody. Much of the immigrant community does not want Little Rock to be a “sanctuary city”. In communities where this has happened that community is less safe because local officials continue to release criminal aliens back into the community that would otherwise be deported and removed from the communities they threaten.
I believe if we don’t act that the legislature will require us to do more than what federal law requires as a minimum to be in compliance. ie-take away our ability to have the id program we started earlier this year.
I agree but all of our ability to govern is specifically given to us the Ark constitution through the legislature and they can and will remove our ability to do certain things. Look at Sen Hester trying to restrict our ability to have building codes and certain restriction. It’s all about self rule and local control. Less government closer to the people = more freedom.