ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - Despite the stay placed on president trump’s travel ban – two groups are pushing hard for Pinellas to be a ‘sanctuary’ County.
The local AFL-CIO chapter and CAIR Florida took to the steps of St. Petersburg city hall Tuesday – calling on elected leaders to declare Pinellas County as a welcoming county for those at risk of being deported under President Donald Trump’s immigration proposals.
Hassan Shibly is a Muslim, immigrant from Syria – he’s calling for the ‘sanctuary’ declaration.
“[It will] make all of [the] residents, regardless of how they got here to feel welcome and safe,” Shibly said.
It comes down to the Pinellas County sheriff who controls the jails. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says his deputies are not playing the role of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but at the same time he plans to enforce the law.
“If you are here legally and you don’t commit crime then you are welcome,” Gualtieri said.
Mayor Rick Kriseman has said that law enforcement in St. Pete will continue to focus on fighting crime, and not – profiling people based on whether that may or may not be legal citizens.