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City of Redwood City Releases Statement on Immigration Policies

Post Date:01/30/2017 5:15 PM
Jan.30, 2016


Media Contact:
Jeanne Sullivan, City Manager's Office
City of Redwood City Releases Statement on Immigration Policies


REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.-In response to public inquiries regarding the City of Redwood City's enforcement of immigration laws, Mayor John Seybert released this statement:


"The City of Redwood City is committed to enhancing its cultural fabric by supporting and celebrating its multi-ethnic diversity, which includes newcomers and immigrants. In keeping with this philosophy, the Redwood City Police Department does not actively participate in the enforcement of federal immigration laws, which are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.This means our police officers do not conduct sweeps looking for suspected undocumented aliens, and we serve all members of the public equally regardless of immigration status. Our department only arrests or detains based on factors which establish probable cause of a crime rather than arbitrary aspects such as suspected immigration status.We believe we are all safer if anyone who contacts us to report a crime can speak freely rather than feel vulnerable to deportation.Our law enforcement personnel and staff in all of our departments strive to support the ideals of welcoming and all members of our community, including immigrants. The City's motto is 'Building a Great Community Together' and a long-standing City goal is to build a community that is welcoming, vibrant and actively engaged in the life of the city."
On Feb. 13 Redwood City's City Council is expected to consider becoming a Welcoming City, a designation created by Welcoming America. This national program supports communities in their efforts to promote inclusiveness, mutual respect and cooperation throughout the community.


To view the City Council agenda, which will be posted on Feb. 10, click here.


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About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 82,881 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City will mark its Sesquicentennial Year with celebrations beginning in May 2017.Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City', or follow Redwood City onTwitter,Instagram, andFacebook.

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