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Mayor Barrett: Milwaukee is not a sanctuary city, but immigrants will not be persecuted here

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is joining the discussion on immigration enforcement.

On Wednesday, January 25th, Pres. Donald Trump signed an executive order to crack down on so-called "sanctuary cities" that protect undocumented immigrants. This, as the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors debated placing Milwaukee County in that category.

Pres. Trump signs an executive order

Pres. Trump signs an executive order

A sanctuary city is not a legal term -- rather a way to describe a community that in policy or practice does not devote resources to enforcement immigration laws. Mayor Barrett says while Milwaukee is not a sanctuary city, he says immigrants will not be persecuted here.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

"I think what the president did (Wednesday) was one of the weakest on-crime measures that you can imagine a President of the United States doing," Barrett said.

The executive order threatens to take away federal funding for cities, counties and states flagged by the Department of Homeland Security as a "Sanctuary Jurisdiction."

"He's telling cities to take their police resources and to use them not to combat violent crimes, not to combat crimes on the street but at times, to harass people who may have come to this country who are eight years old and now are 22 years old and may be driving with a burned out headlight," Barrett said.

Milwaukee Police Department

Milwaukee Police Department

The Milwaukee Police Department's policy on foreign nationals echoes the mayor's position. It says, "Police members shall not inform federal immigration officials of whereabouts or behavior of any suspect illegal immigrant" unless that person has been arrested for a serious criminal offense.

On Wednesday, Milwaukee County supervisors debated an anti-discrimination resolution that would prohibit ICE and Homeland agents from targeting undocumented immigrants inside the courthouse.

Border Patrol agents

Border Patrol agents

In response, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke wrote on his Facebook page, "The agents of ICE, just like any of their law enforcement brethren, will continue to enjoy full access to needed county facilities to perform their lawful duties" -- and added, "Police officers will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice."

Mayor Barrett said despite his stance against the President's order, the police department and ICE have a good relationship.


  • nikki

    Mayor Barrett thank you for treating them like human beings. Most are not criminals any more than people from other countries and we certainly have our fair share of American criminals.

  • justsayin

    If you are in the country illegally, you are a criminal. Barrett wants his sanctuary city without giving it the label. If Barrett condones crimes against the USA, what other crimes is he happy with?

    • Mayor McCheese needs to GTFO

      Mayor McCheese needs those illegals to clean his mansion… where else can he get his .50/hr staff from? ROTFL

  • Justsayin

    How does being an illegal immigrant (translation- “lawbreaker”) come to mean that you are being descriminated against if the law does its job?

  • SuperDave

    How did this man ever get elected into office, not just once, but twice? That trolley must be really important to the people of Milwaukee. Think of this Tom, lets send you to their country, Syria, Iran, North Korea, anywhere in Northern Africa, Columbia. You go there illegally and see how well they treat you there. You and Abele are the biggest problem when it comes to the safety Milwaukee citizens. You know absolutely nothing about security, You make dumb decisions like the trolley, and selling the land for the Bucks arena for $1. I hope that your careers come crashing down on you 2 idiots!

  • Huh !

    When is his term up ……. When is Abele’s term up ?
    What will those two say when Milwaukee loses federal cash ???

  • Jennie

    Under democratic stronghold for decades almost a century and we have the most crime ridden poorest segregated city short of Detroit. What do these people do at work, in their offices, stare at next weeks agenda and wait to see when the weekend arrive. Time to put down the politicians speech and support the POTUS by saying, yes we will honor the law to hand over felon illegals. No one is talking about throwing out law abiding aliens, they will leave themselves because the taxes are so darn high and the crime is over the top.

  • lovin2017sofar

    there is a difference between persecute and prosecute. Persecute to hound someone for doing nothing illegal. Prosecute to arrest charge and sentence or deport someone who is doing something illegal. Break the law you should expect to be prosecuted, legal, illegal, male, female, religious, atheist, race or ethnic background not important. Law broken=fine, jail/prison/deportation. Being here with no legal papers, no attempt after YEARS of being here to get legal means yo need to go. You are taking advantage of our services that should go to our vets, disabled and elderly.

  • deleted again

    Barrett and any city not prosecuting criminals is aiding and abetting criminals.. The are harboring criminals and that makes them a criminal also. Charge them and jail them.

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