Mayor Stanton won't vote on making Phoenix a sanctuary city

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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It appears Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will not be voting for Phoenix to become a "sanctuary city" for illegal immigrants.

Mayor Stanton has talked tough when it comes to Donald Trump and his immigration policies, saying last week that the city "will fight the federal government's attempt to turn the Phoenix Police Department into a mass deportation force."

But Stanton released a statement on Thursday that said whether Phoenix can become a sanctuary city is not up for debate.

"The issue of whether any Arizona city can be a so-called ‘sanctuary city’ is already settled by state law. After a lengthy court battle, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld portions of S.B. 1070 that apply to all Arizona cities — including Phoenix — nearly five years ago," Stanton said in the statement.

However, he didn't back down from his criticism of the president.

"There are some who are angry that I’m standing up to President Trump.  But I am committed to doing what’s right and keeping our city safe.  As long as I am mayor, Phoenix will not participate in the 287(g) program or enter into any other agreements with the Trump Administration that aim to implement his mass deportation plans — period," Stanton said.

You can read the full statement below.

However, for some activists, the tough talk isn't good enough and it's time for Stanton to do more and they're using the sanctuary city issue to call him out. They said Stanton and the council should challenge the law and President Trump by voting to make Phoenix a sanctuary city.

"Mayor Stanton, since President-elect Trump has come to office, has been talking out of both sides of his mouth. There's no way to be against President Trump and, and not be against SB 1070," said Carlos Garcia, director of Puente Arizona.  

The council is set to take action on the sanctuary city issue within two weeks.

[READ MORE: Phoenix to vote on sanctuary city status]

If the city council were to ignore state law and make Phoenix a sanctuary city, it would risk hefty fines imposed by the state.

“Yesterday, a Republican political operative submitted a petition to the City Council asking us to violate state law — a position that he himself refuses to say he supports. 

Mayor Greg Stanton released the following statement Thursday regarding a citizen petition delivered at Wednesday’s City Council meeting:

“Yesterday, a Republican political operative submitted a petition to the City Council asking us to violate state law — a position that he himself refuses to say he supports. 

There are some who are angry that I’m standing up to President Trump.  But I am committed to doing what’s right and keeping our city safe.  As long as I am mayor, Phoenix will not participate in the 287(g) program or enter into any other agreements with the Trump Administration that aim to implement his mass deportation plans — period.  Doing so would shatter the trust between our officers and our community, making everybody less safe. 

The issue of whether any Arizona city can be a so-called ‘sanctuary city’ is already settled by state law.  After a lengthy court battle, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld portions of S.B. 1070 that apply to all Arizona cities — including Phoenix — nearly five years ago.  Last fall, the state attorney general reached a settlement with civil rights groups, including the ACLU, on how S.B. 1070 is enforced, and Phoenix complies with those terms.  We must respect the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision and the rule of law — and I will not ask Phoenix police officers to knowingly violate the law. 

Phoenix’s police department — and our officers — are exceptional.  Over many years through community policing, they have earned the trust of the people they serve and have kept us safe, even when they have been asked to do more with less.  It is deeply disappointing that one of the union presidents suggested that Phoenix adopt the same divisive tactics once employed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Voters of conservative Maricopa County overwhelmingly rejected those tactics just a few months ago, and I will continue to reject them in Phoenix.” 

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