The Village of Cooperstown did not adopt a “Sanctuary City Law” at its April 24 Board of Trustees meeting. Any reports to the contrary are completely false.

In response to national and international incidents, the Village of Cooperstown steadfastly confirms its dedication to the rights and dignity of all people. In December 2016, the Board of Trustees passed a resolution condemning the use of violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric, and reaffirming the inalienable right of everyone in Cooperstown to live without fear and intimidation.

On April 24, 2017, the Board of Trustees passed a second resolution reaffirming its commitment to civil rights and equal access to all Village services, including police and fire protection. The resolution states  that the Village of Cooperstown will not avail itself of the opportunity to participate in the Delegation of Immigration Authority provided through Section 287 (g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (1996). The Village has neither the resources nor the desire to designate local police to perform immigration law enforcement functions.

In general practice the Village of Cooperstown will not inquire about the immigration status of crime victims, witnesses, or others who call or approach Village staff seeking assistance. There is, however, nothing in the resolution that prohibits Village staff from cooperating with federal immigration authorities when required under federal law.

For complete text of resolution adopted by the Board of Trustees please click on the link below:

Resolution regarding Federal Immigration Status in the Village of Cooperstown(4-24-17)