- Associated Press - Thursday, January 12, 2017

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says Syracuse will remain a sanctuary city and pledges to resist any federal efforts to crack down on undocumented immigrants.

The Democratic mayor made the comments during her State of the City address Thursday night.

In her address, Miner said that as long as she is mayor the resources of the city, including the Syracuse Police Department, will not be used to enforce federal anti-immigrant policies.

Miner’s comments come as President-elect Donald Trump vows to withhold potentially millions of dollars in taxpayer money for cities providing sanctuary protections.

The term sanctuary city refers to cities that bar police from inquiring about a person’s legal status.

Opponents of the policy say it allows immigrants with criminal backgrounds to remain in the country.

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