'Sanctuary county' proposal ignites debate in Milwaukee amidst immigration conversation

Posted at 6:50 PM, Jan 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 23:25:52-05

MILWAUKEE -- President Donald Trump said Wednesday that work on the wall between the United States and Mexico is about to begin.

The president signed an executive order to build the wall. He said Mexico will reimburse the U.S. for the wall, but did not yet say how.

The executive order also calls for hiring thousands of additional agents to patrol the border, and ending sanctuary cities.

"We're going to strip federal grant money from the sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants. The American people are no longer going to have to be forced to subsidize this disregard for our laws," said Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

This announcement comes just after the Milwaukee Health and Human Needs Committee debated a resolution to "Keep the county safe for immigrants."

The resolution urges Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to not enforce immigration laws, and asks Immigration Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to not detain people at the courthouse.

It was a packed house. So many people wanted to weigh in that people listened in from an overflow room.

"Our President Trump just came in and he's implementing a few things and I think everyone should follow him and give him a chance," said Willie Thompson, who spoke out against the resolution.

"I did everything that this country has told me that I have to do in order to stay here but that's not true," said Cendi Trujillo, an undocumented immigrant who spoke in favor of the resolution.

Sheriff Clarke slammed this resolution on Facebook writing in part, "No one will limit my ability to continue to work with the hardworking agents of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and any other federal, state or local law enforcement agency, in regards to criminal activity."

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