The community of Troy met Thursday evening to vote on the sanctuary city resolution. After a two-hour community hearing, the seven-member full council decided to table the resolution, with the vote 6-1.
The big question is how this resolution could impact the Troy Police Department. That was a focal point of the three-hour debate at Thursday night’s meeting.
If approved, the resolution would prevent police officers and city employees from asking someone’s immigration status, unless it is required for providing whatever city service is in question.
One immigrant mother spoke about the effect her detention in an ICE facility had on her children.
"No matter the suffering I went through, not knowing when I may see them again will never compare to the irreperable damage and turmoil my children have gone through. My son still asks me please never leave him again, and comes into my room at night to check if I'm still there," the mother said.
In a statement from Mayor Patrick Madden earlier this week, he says he could not support this non-binding resolution in its current form.
He has asked the council to continue working on it with law enforcement and community members.
Several speakers said the Troy Police Department already does this, and the resolution would just make it more official. But Nicholas Laviano, the president of the Troy PBA, argued it could put officers at risk.
"I don’t care if you pass this resolution. I will gladly violate this resolution every day I work if it means assisting any law enforcement entity that finds themselves in the city of Troy attempting to do their job," said Laviano.
According to Council President Carmella Mantello, more community meetings will be held to further discuss it.
The councilman who introduced this resolution has also said they will continue to work on this legislation with law enforcement and the public.