Tulsa mayor, ACLU Oklahoma addresses President Trump's immigration orders

TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum addressed concerns and questions regarding immigration issues Thursday.
  • President Donald Trump signed an executive order designed to increase immigration law enforcement.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum took to social media Thursday to address an executive order signed by President Donald Trump this week regarding immigration enforcement.

Trump signed off on a series of measures during his first week in office related to immigration. He ordered federal funding be directed toward the construction of a wall along the U.S. – Mexico border, announced a crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities”, and more.

Bynum said Thursday that he met with legal and law enforcement experts, and determined no changes are necessary in Tulsa policy.

“I want our immigrant community in Tulsa to feel safe, feel welcome, and feel this is a place of opportunity for future generations of their families,” Bynum wrote.

Read his full statement here:

I've heard from many in our city with questions about yesterday's presidential executive order relative to immigration...

Posted by Mayor GT Bynum on Thursday, January 26, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union - Oklahoma chapter released a statement Friday praising Bynum and Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan:

"The ACLU of Oklahoma is pleased to see Mayor Bynum and Police Chief Jordan honoring their commitment to protect all of the citizens of Tulsa, regardless of immigration status. Attempts to conscript local law enforcement into dragnet deportation forces are reckless, irresponsible, and counterproductive. Tulsa cannot be safe when crime victims and potential informants are too afraid of deportation to cooperate with the police.

Resisting Executive Orders that force agencies to abet the federal government's proposed reckless mass internment and deportation of immigrants is an important step in building trust between law enforcement and the communities it serves. To the extent that this declaration ensures that Tulsa will be a city free from unnecessary and counterproductive immigration enforcement, the ACLU applauds the Mayor and Police Chief's actions.

We call today upon municipalities and counties small and large to follow Tulsa's lead by unequivocally announcing their intentions to resist the Trump administration's attempt to coopt local law enforcement agencies and to affirm their commitment to ensuring that all those who wish to live in their communities are welcome and safe. While we welcome the opportunity to change minds through reasonable policy analysis, any municipalities and counties that intend to waste their limited public safety resources by implementing a dangerous and counterproductive policy, should, at the very least, be clear about where they stand and serve notice to the citizens they are choosing not to protect."

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