As part of his shock-treatment plan for the U.S. federal government during the first 100 days of a Trump administration, the president-elect has effectively declared war on "sanctuary cities." That's the common term for American cities that have decided not to put their cops to use enforcing immigration.
Mayor Hodges isn't cowed by Trump's threat. In a statement published on Saturday, the freshman mayor says the real estate scion doesn't understand the implications of turning the Minneapolis Police Department into the Extended Border Patrol, Upper Midwest Division.
"Witnesses and victims of crimes won't come forward if they think our police officers will question or detain them about their immigration status," Hodges says. "Our ordinance has helped us solve crime and keep communities safer."
Hodges says Trump's vow to yank funds out from under metropolitan budgets is part of his "quest to scapegoat immigrants," and won't work to change the city's policy.
Under the city's ordinance, Minneapolis law enforcement officers are not to "take any law enforcement action" for the sole purpose of finding undocumented immigrants, or ask an individual about his or her immigration status.
"If Congress follows through on President-elect Trump’s threat to cities, they will have our hardworking officers bear the brunt of their own obstructionism," Hodges says. "The complete failure of President-elect Trump's allies in Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform should not be borne by our local police officers who already have a tough job to do."