Resident Michele LaRue urged the Town Council to declare Secaucus a sanctuary city like others in Hudson County.
LaRue’s comments center around the prevalent issue of illegal immigration. Union City and Jersey City recently became “sanctuary cities” in response to the policies of Donald Trump, who has promised to crack down on illegal immigration.
LaRue said, “My ancestors arrived in Hudson County in the late 1600s. When my husband and I moved to Secaucus in 1976, most everyone was Polish or Italian-maybe Irish, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of immigrants. Secaucus today is a rich alphabet soup of Gomez, Ngo, Cho, Patel, and LaRue. We work together, play together, raise our children together. We’re all immigrants. And we look out for each other.”
The term “sanctuary city” refers to cities that refuse to hold immigrants for immigration officials if they had no violent felonies on their records or pending criminal charges.
Mayor Michael Gonnelli did not offer a response but indicated he would discuss the issue further with LaRue, who said she had also emailed local Freeholder Anthony Vainieri about the issue.
It could be a tricky proposition for Secaucus as Trump has vowed to restrict federal financial aid to sanctuary cities.