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Traffic stop reignites Hudson Sanctuary City debate

March 08, 2019 06:19 PM

HUDSON - A traffic stop has re-ignited the Sanctuary City debate in Hudson.

Two people are being kept in an undisclosed location to protect them from being taken into ICE custody.

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A meeting was held Friday on the second floor of Hudson City Hall, with the mayor, police chief, City Council members and members of the immigrant advocate group Columbia County Sanctuary Movement.

This all comes after two residents who are not U.S. citizens appeared in Hudson City Court on Tuesday.

After their court appearance, they were in a car being driven by Bryan MacCormack, the executive director of the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement. He says he was pulled over by three federal ICE agents who asked him for his ID and asked that his two passengers be identified.

He gave the ICE agents his ID, but refused to identify his passengers.

He says the ICE agents handed him paperwork they said was an arrest warrant, but he noticed there was no signature of a judge. Therefore, he decided it was not a valid document.

The ICE agents eventually gave up and left, but MacCormack insists these types of things continue to happen in this community – and he and others want it to stop immediately.

"One of the reasons why that practice is being condemned is because it is deterring people from seeking justice. It is violating their rights to speedy trial, of course, if they're taken before they have the hearing and it's deterring victims from coming forward and participating in court hearings in order to hold people accountable," said MacCormack.

NewsChannel 13 reached out to ICE. They acknowledged the car stop happened. However, the statement goes on to say ICE deportation officers were trying to find two unlawful foreign nationals, but when MacCormack interfered with the enforcement action, the officers left, they say, to avoid further disruption.

How effective is the Sanctuary City movement in Hudson? Watch the video of Dan Levy's story for the answer.

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