first_imgUNION CITY – On Wednesday evening, the city of Union City hosted a seminar on immigrants’ rights. The densely populated city is home to a sizeable population from Latin America, particularly Cuba.The city has undertaken various initiatives in the wake of the president’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants, including declaring itself a “sanctuary city” two weeks ago. A “sanctuary city” is one in which officials will not direct police to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who are randomly looking for immigrants. (They will still help look for a suspect in a serious crime.) Nearby Jersey City has also voted to give itself that status. × Upon taking the office of president in January, Donald Trump said he’d crack down on undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes. But many are fearful that customs officials will stop anyone they happen to find along the way.Undocumented immigrants aren’t all people who slipped into the country illegally. Some got a work permit for a job and then lost the job. Some are foreign students who stayed longer, and some were visitors who had a child while in this country.Wednesday afternoon, at a well-attended immigrants’ rights event for town residents, Union City Mayor and State Senator Brian Stack said to the attendees, “We’ll overcome the monster that’s doing what he does to you.” On Thursday, Stack confirmed by phone that the “monster” he was referring to is Trump.“I was, and his policies,” he said via phone.Earlier Wednesday, residents attending another city event related to immigration said they are fearful.“You live without knowing what could happen to you,” said a man at City Hall who asked to be anonymous, and who acknowledged being undocumented. “Today, he [the president] says something; tomorrow he says something worse.”Trump has warned that “sanctuary cities” stand to lose certain federal funding.Nearby, the mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who joined following the 9/11 attacks, also declared his city a sanctuary city.For more coverage, see this weekend’s Union City Reporter in print or starting Sunday at hudsonreporter.com.last_img