City of El Paso and mayor says 'sanctuary cities' bill doesn’t make community safer


    Fence at the El Paso/Juarez border captured by photojournalist Mario Lopez. (CBS4)

    It seems like there are more questions than answers with how El Paso will hand the legislation.

    But one thing Mayor Oscar Leeser made certain is that El Paso is not a sanctuary city. Leeser and the rest of council were briefed on the possible impacts the eventual law will bring to the city.

    They ranged from possible misdemeanors for law enforcement officers to elected official forfeiting public office. Council was worried about the financial penalties of the bill could bring.

    The sanctuary cities bill right now says if a city is in violation of the law, it would face a $1,500 fine the first time. Then a $25,500 fine would follow for another violation.

    Although, there was a bigger concern from Mayor Leeser and people KFOX14 spoke to. It's that this law won't make El Paso a safer city than it already is.

    "One of the things is to provide safety to our citizens,” Leeser said. “When you're looking at that police officers would be taken off the streets and not be able to provide safety for our citizens."

    "I don't think it makes anybody safer in this city especially being right here on the border as we are,” Annie Kuntz of West El Paso said.

    This bill still has to be signed by the governor to become law.

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