Letters: Candidate says article about sanctuary city status doesn’t reflect his views
For the record
In a recent Park Record print article, “Candidate argues for sanctuary-city status,” I was correctly quoted as saying, at the candidate forum last week, that “Park City is, in effect, a sanctuary city … I hope.” And now, somehow that means I’m arguing for sanctuary-city status?
In 2017, the PC Police stated, “We are not a sanctuary city. We have not changed our policing style.” A lot of us at the time, knowing the federal funding implications of “coming out” as a sanctuary city, understood this to be both a definitive message to the Feds, and a veiled message to the community. Since the police had an existing policy of NOT seeking out undocumented residents to report, the continuance of that policy was acknowledged. We were fine with that.
“In effect” doesn’t mean “in fact.” I am merely referring to this implied status quo. “I hope” means just that … that the police have not changed their policing style, which has long been respectful to our immigrant population. I also referred to genuine fears of undocumented immigrants regarding the census … I didn’t make them up. In my naivety, however, I used a term that has become very contentious. Safe, Welcoming, Supportive, Compassionate … yes. Sanctuary … no.
As for the headline, I have never “argued for sanctuary-city status,” because I am satisfied with the current policy. I’m also quoted as saying that “we won’t allow…” and “Park City law enforcement won’t cooperate…” Why would I come out with these declarative statements that I have no desire or authority to enforce as an elected official? The answer is … I wouldn’t, and I didn’t.
It’s hard enough to be a candidate and expose oneself to criticism, but it’s another thing to defend my reputation over things I didn’t say or intend. So, this is what I said, what I didn’t say, and what I meant … for the record. I have no problem defending it.
Park City Council candidate
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