Rachel Barnhart’s statement on Rochester’s status as a sanctuary city:
Rochester should be a sanctuary city in practice, not just policy. Unfortunately, our relationship with the Monroe County Jail means undocumented immigrants have no protection. I’m calling on County Legislator James Sheppard to introduce legislation making the county a sanctuary county. In addition, we also need to ensure police are not practicing racial profiling or Zero Tolerance. Those kinds of initiatives are known to sweep up undocumented immigrants for minor offenses. I’m afraid Rochester’s policies on this issue, while moral, have no real teeth.