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New Haven pledges to protect immigrants despite Trump's looming crackdown

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President-elect Donald Trump plans on deporting illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities like New Haven, but the mayor said she is not budging when it comes to her stance on the status of immigrants.

According to Mayor Toni Harp, the threat of losing federal funding is not stopping her despite Trump's election night victory.

"Many of us are indigenous Mayans so the immediate reaction was extreme disappointment. Our community refuses to be afraid," said Joseph Foran, a volunteer with Unidad Latina en Accion.

New Haven passed the first ever municipal I.D. car for undocumented immigrants. It bans city employees and police officers from inquiring about a person's immigration status.

"I know that people are worried that we will do something as a city to change their status. As far as I'm concerned, they have nothing to be worried about. We are still the same city we were before last Tuesday, and we will continue to be that city," explained Mayor Toni Harp.

Some are still fearful this could break up families and children who were born here to undocumented immigrants. On 60 Minutes, Donald Trump said he would focus on deporting those convicted of crimes.

"People that are criminals and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers. We have a lot of these people, probably two million, and it could even be three million. We are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate," said the President-elect.

Harp is prepared just in case the federal government pulls funding.

"If Trump picks up a handful of cities and we're one of those, I've said to my corporation counsel: be ready to sue. So that's where we are. We are not going to take this lying down if it happens. I don't expect it to happen." 

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