Today, Columbia County Sanctuary Movement (CCSM) launched a campaign to keep families together and prevent further detentions in Hudson, NY. The three demands of the campaign are Enforce, Investigate and Endorse. CCSM is calling on the Mayor and Police Commissioner to enforce their February 20th executive order, to launch a formal investigation into the Hudson Police Department's (HPD) collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and to endorse a new executive order codifying the Resolution Affirming Hudson as a Welcoming and Inclusive City.
The campaign comes after another detention in court in late April and a late night house raid on Friday in which six people were detained. Approximately 20 people have been detained in Columbia County in the last three months, over a dozen of which were in Hudson. A third of the Hudson detentions involved ICE taking people from court prior to being convicted of a crime and in some cases HPD collaborated with ICE to do so. . . .At the heart of the new campaign is the detention of Jose D. Contreras-Flores on April 20. Contreras-Flores was arrested by ICE agents in City Court at 8 a.m., and, according to HPD Chief Ed Moore, as reported in the Register-Star, "we detained the guy in our holding cell until they [ICE] arranged the transportation."
The February 20 order from the police commissioner and the mayor states: ". . . no resources, facilities, or property of the City of Hudson that are ordinarily or generally in the use or control of the City of Hudson Police Department . . . shall be made available for use by agents, officers, or employees of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") except as may be required by law. . . . In the event any resources, facilities, or property of the City of Hudson are used or provided for the use of ICE or any of its agents, officers, or employees, written notification of such use shall be provided by the person authorizing, permitting, or allowing such use or provision to the Office of the Mayor, the Police Commissioner, and the Common Council. . . ." Moore told the Register-Star that Contreras-Flores had been detained "on a U.S. warrant, signed by a federal magistrate"--a situation that seems to meet the burden of "except as required by law." As required by the executive order, Moore "dutifully made a report that federal agents had made an arrest in Hudson and were using police resources." The report was submitted to the mayor, the police commissioner, and the Common Council president.
The Columbia County Sanctuary Movement has questioned the existence of a federal warrant. In a comment on Gossips, CCSM executive director Bryan MacCormack wrote:
The Chief of Police was quoted saying there was a judicial warrant. If anyone can provide that warrant to back his claim I implore you to so here, because to date it has not been presented in any legal proceedings or information requests. Only a criminal complaint.Tuesday's press release indicates that CCSM has submitted FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) requests "regarding HPD's collaboration with ICE and expects to receive access to relevant information by the end of the week."
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