Phoenix to vote on sanctuary city status

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File photo of Phoenix City Hall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) File photo of Phoenix City Hall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring voiced his opposition to the making Phoenix a sanctuary city. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring voiced his opposition to the making Phoenix a sanctuary city. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said he firmly opposes making Phoenix a sanctuary city. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said he firmly opposes making Phoenix a sanctuary city. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The City of Phoenix will soon vote on whether or not to declare Phoenix a "sanctuary city."

A resident named Rick Robinson submitted a petition for the vote on Wednesday. Along with the sanctuary city status, he also wants the council to vote on whether Phoenix police officers should no longer help in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

"I felt that the city needed to get out in front of this," said Robinson.

But he wouldn't divulge whether he wants them to declare Phoenix a sanctuary city. 

"It's not my burden to bear," Robinson said.

The petition said that enforcement is causing some illegal immigrants from reporting crimes and "exposing them to the risk of deportation."

While Robinson isn't sharing his opinion, many others are. 

"We're all humans. We deserve equal rights anywhere in the world and I live in Phoenix, so I think Phoenix should be one of them, too," said Leticia Marquez, a resident. 

"I think it's irresponsible of the city to say we're not going to comply with federal and or state laws simply because we don't want to," said Councilman Jim Waring.

He added that he would look into whether state law has already decided this. 

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said he firmly opposes making Phoenix a sanctuary city.

"How do you tell your family members you're only going to enforce one part of a law and not another law?" asked DiCiccio.

Since President Donald Trump signed an executive order withholding federal funds from cities that protect undocumented immigrants, some members of the council fear this could be a costly decision. 

"The federal government funds a big part of the city of Phoenix," DiCiccio said. "It could be a significant amount."

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said last week that the city "will fight the federal government's attempt to turn the Phoenix Police Department into a mass deportation force."

The city attorney said the city council must vote on the petition within 15 days.

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