CA: Strickland: Memphis remains ‘a welcoming city’
President-elect Donald Trump may deport two to three million undocumented immigrants, but not with the help of Memphis Police, Mayor Jim Strickland said Friday.
Strickland released the statement in response to a reporter’s question as Memphians and millions of Americans wonder what a Trump administration will mean for immigrants, minorities, women, gay, lesbian and transgender people and others.
“Memphis is a welcoming city that values diversity and each and every one of our citizens,” said Strickland, a longtime Democrat. “And it will continue to be that way.”
After Trump’s unexpected victory in the Nov. 8 elections over Hillary Clinton, fears of Trump policies prompted protests around the country, including in Memphis. Trump has fueled those fears with his cabinet appointments, and with his comments in a recent interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes that he would target criminals for deportation before law-abiding families illegally in the country.