City of Boynton Beach considers becoming sanctuary city

City of Boynton Beach considers becoming sanctuary city (WPEC)

A city in Palm Beach County is now considering becoming a sanctuary city, a place that refuses to cooperate with the federal immigration agents.

Many people in Boynton Beach are already chiming in on social media and also telling us what they think.

But on Tuesday, they’ll get a chance to express their thoughts to the council.

“Everyone should have their rights, even if they are immigrants or not immigrants,” Roberto Figueroa said.

Figueroa supports the idea of Boynton Beach becoming a sanctuary city and knows all too well what it’s like to see a loved one living in fear of deportation.

His sister-in-law, who is now a legal resident, was at one point afraid to ask for help when something was wrong.

“She was scared to call the police because she was scared she might go to jail,” Figueroa said.

Boynton Beach resident Ivelise Santiago also likes the idea.

“If they are doing the right thing, they should be able to feel protected by someone who has the power to do it,” Santiago said.

However, the proposal by city commissioner Christina Romulus is running into some opposition.

“I don’t see how its beneficial at this point,” resident Stephen Lankau said.

Lankau feels the policy may result in a higher crime rate.

“If they can let us know that our streets are safe and that this kind of thing doesn't increase crime violence and criminality and gang activity, then I would think about it," he said. "But at this point, I haven't seen that to be proven."

Romulus said there are two reasons she wants to talk about this now, one of them being the recent federal government’s decision to end temporary protected status for Haitians who moved to the U.S. after the 2010 earthquake.

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