ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A resolution proposed by two Albuquerque city councilors toreject Mayor R.J. Berry's new immigration policy failed by a slimmargin late Monday night.
The council voted 5 to 4 against Resolution 10-89, which wouldhave rescinded Mayor Berry's policy of checking the immigrationstatus of anyone arrested in the city of Albuquerque.
Earlier in the night, the same council members voted 5 to 4against Resolution 10-88, which called for the city of Albuquerqueto boycott all business with the state of Arizona because of theirnew immigration law.
The 5-hour meeting began with two hours of public comments onthe Mayor's new immigration policy.
An estimated three-quarters of over three dozen local citizensbegged councilors to support the resolutions, calling the Mayor'snew policy the equivalent to racial profiling.
"We need policies that actually unite our community that allowimmigrants and non immigrants to come forward to the police to feelsafe," Immigration advocate Rachel Lazar told the council.
Most of the those in the packed Council Chambers left during abreak following public comments.
Albuquerque Police had a half dozen officers on hand to provideextra security.
While citizens remained in-check, the final moments of thedebate got a bit heated between City Councilor Rey Garduno and CABQPublic Safety Director Darrin White.
Garduno accused the Berry administration of "overtly" keepingimmigration advocates out of the discussion over the city'simmigration policy.
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