Park City Mayor Issues Statement On Immigration Raids
Headlines have immigration issues at the forefront in recent weeks whether it’s to highlight horrific conditions in which children are being detained at the border or to alert the nation that ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) will be holding deportation raids in cities around the country.
Park City Mayor Andy Beerman issued a short statement on Tuesday reminding the public of the long history and important role immigrants have had in the community starting with the silver mining era into the present-day resort economy. He says that law enforcement will continue to focus on criminal activities and not get involved in civil violations of immigration policy.
“We’re not cooperative or uncooperative. We’re kind of no part of all this. We ask to be notified when it’s going to happen but to the best of my knowledge, they haven’t notified us but they haven’t been doing raids either.
He concludes his statement in saying it is the kindness of residents and businesses that will have the most impact on Park City in the long run. Beerman says he wants to address with Council a recommendation to join the Utah Compact on Immigration stating all five of its principals align with those of the council.
Beerman says Spanish language instructions have circulated in the area to help people understand their rights.
“Do you need to open your door and what do you need to reveal. I know there were copies of that sent around and I don’t’ know if you’ve seen that. That’s one of the most constructive things. It tells people the do’s and the don’ts if they feel like there are ICE raids in their area.”
Mayor Andy Beerman’s complete statement and a link to the Utah Compact on Immigration will be posted with this story on KPCW.org.
Park City Mayor Andy Beerman's Statement on Immigration Enforcement:
Park City has a long history of recognizing the prosperity and diversity that immigrants have brought, and continue to bring, to one of Utah’s most dynamic cities – from our silver mining era to skiing and tourism. We must continue to ask more from our Federal government. The divisive political rhetoric of late is not constructive.
Each and every Park City resident is honored with dignity and security, irrespective of immigration status. The Park City Police Department will continue to focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal immigration policy, and remains committed to ensuring that the civil rights and health, safety and welfare of all individuals are protected.
Park City may not be able to change the national landscape alone, but the kindness of our residents and businesses during these difficult times is part of what keeps Park City a special community and another reason to Love Where We Live.