Protesters Face Off Over Cudahy’s Sanctuary Policies

Advocates and opponents of Cudahy’s sanctuary city policies lined up to speak, shout, and -- in some cases -- hurl insults at a raucous city council meeting Monday.  But, thanks to the presence of 38 sheriff’s deputies, the gathering was largely limited to a war of words.

“You’re a joke to be here in these positions,” one speaker told members of the city council. “You guys are not doing your jobs.”

“I’ve been using the wrong word,” said another. “You’re not a sanctuary city. You’re an outlaw city.”

Other attendees thanked the council for standing strong in its commitment to protect undocumented immigrants and decried the “ignorance” and “hate” around them.

In all, 62 people signed up to speak. At least one woman had to be escorted out of the meeting for disruptive behavior.

Despite the outcry from some vocal groups, city leaders say they have no intentions to abandon their sanctuary city policies. The designation makes the city safer, Mayor Chris Garcia said, by encouraging undocumented residents to continue reporting crimes.