Mayor's Statement on Immigration Enforcement

Police in Lancaster and across the country, are burdened with duties that go far beyond the business of basic policing. Our police officers are settling domestic disputes, intervening with mental health issues, and mentoring kids — all while issuing traffic tickets, calming disputes between neighbors, and fighting street crimes.

The safety and well-being of everyone who lives, works in, and visits the City of Lancaster will always be our number-one priority. We cooperate with immigration authorities in cases that involve serious crimes, and we always comply with constitutional detainer requests. What we do NOT do is ask City police officers to enforce federal immigration laws.

Trust between police and the people they serve is absolutely essential to effective law enforcement. Everyone in the City of Lancaster should feel safe stepping forward if they have witnessed a crime or been victimized themselves — and immigration status cannot be allowed to interfere with the cooperation and partnership we need to keep our neighborhoods safe.

This Administration and Lancaster City Police remain committed to protecting innocent, law abiding City residents from abuse, harassment, and harm — regardless of immigration or refugee status. Our focus will remain on serving our community and on building relationships with our residents.

This week’s Executive Order is an unnecessary distraction from that focus.

J. Richard Gray