KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The City of Knoxville will proclaim Tuesday as Day of Immigration Action. The city will join others across the country on informing the public on issues affecting immigrant communities.
The day is hosted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It is a bipartisan group that brings awareness to the contributions immigrants have made across the country.
The group is asking the White House and Congress to focus on “common-sense reforms” and fix the immigration system in an “efficient, effective and compassionate way.”
Knoxville is not a sanctuary city, however, Mayor Madeline Rogero said the city was not going to perform the role of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Rogero said, “We are not required by law to be ICE agents and we are not going to be ICE agents.”
The mayor and Knoxville Police Department Chief David Rausch stated that if someone is a victim of a crime or witnessed one, they should not be afraid to call the police.
“We can’t protect the community, if the people are afraid of us,” said Rogero.
Rausch said immigration is a complex issue to understand and the police need to focus on protecting the community.