Stockton officials said the city will not change its policies toward undocumented immigrants following U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement Thursday morning that cities will not receive resources from a federal public safety program unless they cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.
But city officials also said the city doesn’t anticipate losing any federal assistance.
Stockton police Chief Eric Jones said he believes his department meets the standards set out by Sessions to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Public Safety Partnership. Jones also suggested the Police Department would not have changed its policies even if called on to do so as part of the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
“We have two pillars for our strategic plan: smarter policing and principled policing,” Jones said. “The principled policing pillar is about treating everyone fairly and equitably, and we have to balance that always, so we would want to make sure everything’s consistent with that.”
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