Albany mayor: 'Sanctuary city' status has made a difference

December 07, 2018 06:37 PM

As of today, the city of Troy is "not" a "sanctuary" community, but it's certainly not for a lack of trying.

NewsChannel 13 was there Friday night when the Troy City Council tabled a resolution that would have established sanctuary status. It's something the city of Albany has already done.

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NewsChannel 13 spoke with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan to find out if sanctuary status in her city really makes a difference.

Sheehan says she believes it absolutely has made a difference. She points out in Albany, they have a large refugee resettlement program. She also points out that one out of 10 city residents was born outside the United States. So if you are an immigrant living in the city of Albany, Mayor Sheehan says they are very grateful.

However, Sheehan is also cognizant of what is happening on the other side of the river in Troy. She says she has been following it very closely. She has seen the anger, emotion and vitriol coming from these well-attended public hearings in Troy. From her perspective, she says there's a lot of misinformation and confusion on the subject. She says there needs to be an educational component so people don't think that becoming a sanctuary city means you're hiding undocumented immigrants in the basement or somehow promoting lawlessness.

Troy City Council Member David Bissember says he expects to bring this up for another vote at a later council meeting on December 20.


Dan Levy

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