In a sanctuary city, officials implement policies to restrict local police from inquiring about a person’s immigration status, detaining a person solely for their immigration status, turning immigrants over to federal immigration agents, or otherwise using state and local resources to enforce federal immigration law. Sanctuary city policies comply with federal law, do not impede federal immigration officials from doing their jobs, and do not seek to allow towns to harbor dangerous undocumented criminals. For all these reasons, sanctuary city polices are supported by the Major Cities Chiefs Association, which represents more than 60 of the nation’s largest police departments.
Without these measures, undocumented immigrants are left vulnerable to racial profiling, detention, and deportation under the new federal executive order that greatly expands the definition of illegal immigrants. This executive order also threatens to withhold federal funds from states or cities with sanctuary policies, even though such punitive measures have been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
The full text of our proposed policies is available here. We urge you to join us to declare publicly that Fairfield is a welcoming city and immigrants have the same human rights afforded to all our residents. Here are some steps you can take to help:
- Sign our petition here to Make Fairfield a Sanctuary City! You can sign without making your personal information public.
- Read our Sanctuary City FAQ and this fact sheet from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center to be better prepared to educate your community and representatives about the legality and benefits of being a sanctuary city!
- If you know of businesses or community groups in Fairfield that you believe would support sanctuary city legislation, you can ask them to use our Business Sign-On Sheet or our Community Group Sign-On Sheet to record their support! Fairfield Standing United will pass these sheets on to Fairfield’s elected officials. Spanish versions of the Business Sign-On and Community Sign-On are also available.
- Connect with other local community groups, such as Make The Road CT, and national groups, such as ACLU People Power, which are pressing for sanctuary city legislation in other cities!