Mayor Kevin Faulconer with the city seal and flag in the background. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Sunday the San Diego Police Department‘s focus will be on enforcing local laws “rather than immigration issues.”

The statement was in response to a protest by 2,000 on Saturday that demanded San Diego designate itself a sanctuary city in the wake of President Trump’s anti-immigration policies.

“San Diego’s policies have worked under Republican and Democratic administrations, and we have no plans to change them under this administration,” the mayor said in the satement. “SDPD keeps all members of our community safe regardless of their immigration status, and we will keep the department’s focus on enforcing local laws rather than immigration issues.”

San Diego has appeared on lists of sanctuary cities, but city officials say it is not one.

“Our long-standing policy of cooperating with federal authorities if someone has committed a crime has helped keep San Diego one of the safest big cities in the nation,” said Faulconer, adding that “legal immigration contributes greatly to San Diego’s culture and economy, and we will continue to support those who are pursuing the American Dream.”

San Diego County is home to an estimated 170,000 undocumented immigrants.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.