Call for Action, Immigration

Call For Action: Write The Dutchess County Legislature In Support Of A Sanctuary Resolution

Thank you to Darrelyn Brennan Khelifat for her work on this issue.


Trump’s new immigration enforcement ‘policies’ make everyone in our community LESS safe.

On Tuesday, March 14th, several members of the Dutchess County Legislature want to introduce and pass a resolution in support of public safety and sanctuary. Please show your support for this effort by sending the following letter by email to

(To attend the meeting go to the 1869 Bardavon Opera House, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. The start time is 7:30P, however this item will be late on the agenda.)

Sample Local Legislature Letter

Dear Honorable Members of the Dutchess County Legislature,

I am writing to ask you to support the adoption of a resolution on public safety and sanctuary to ensure that Dutchess County will be a safe, inclusive place that provides protection to all citizens, regardless of their status.  

I want my tax dollars to be used for productive uses such as education, transportation, tourism support, and improving the lives of Dutchess County residents. I do not wish our local community resources diverted to support federal actions. I want witnesses of crime here in our county to be able to cooperate freely and without fear. I want our police and sheriffs to focus on fighting crime in our area and to protect our citizens.

Both the Tenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, limiting the federal government’s ability to mandate that states and localities undertake specific local actions, and the Home Rule provision in the New York State Constitution permit Dutchess County to adopt such a resolution.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has issued guidance for local government and law enforcement authorities, making clear the parameters to follow to be protected under New York State Law. Of note is the fact that the enforcing authorities themselves, not the federal government, are vulnerable to suit if they undertake any enforcement that falls afoul of the US Constitution (for example, overlong warrantless detentions for non-criminal offenses). Thus this is both an easy and important resolution to for the Dutchess County Legislature to adopt.

Please keep me informed with regard to the progress of getting this resolution adopted by the legislature.

Thank you,

Your Name

Your Address