Tompkins County passes resolution ensuring ‘public safety for all’

By Kelsey O’Connor
The Ithaca Voice


ITHACA – The Tompkins County Legislature passed a resolution last week called “Public Safety for All,” making the county a sanctuary county.
In full, the five-page resolution is titled “Resolution to maintain a safe, inclusive government and protection, order, conduct, safety, health, and well-being of all persons in Tompkins County.”


Photo by Kelsey O’Connor / The Ithaca Voice
Tompkins County Legislator Anna Kelles, D-Ithaca, center, speaks during a meeting of the Legislature last week.

The resolution states that county departments, officers, personnel and agents “should not engage in certain activities solely for the purpose of enforcing federal immigration law.” This includes stopping, questioning or interrogating someone based on their actual or suspected immigration or citizenship status.
It further states that people cannot be stopped or questioned based on a “civil immigration warrant,” an administrative warrant or an immigration detainer in the individual’s name, including those identified in the National Crime Information Center database.
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