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RI Mayor Pledges to Resist Trump’s Deportation Plans

Providence has refused to hold people charged with civil infractions for federal immigration officials

Jorge Elorza

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says the election of Donald Trump as president won't stop his Rhode Island city from standing up for residents who are in the country illegally. 

Elorza said Monday he's talked with the mayors of Los Angeles and New York and is joining dozens of cities promising to protect immigrants from being deported for minor violations. 

Providence has refused to hold people charged with civil infractions for federal immigration officials. 

Elorza, whose parents emigrated from Guatemala, says he will continue the policy even if Trump fulfills a campaign promise to pull money from cities that don't cooperate with federal deportation measures. 

The Democratic mayor says he's encouraged by recent statements from Trump suggesting that the incoming president's focus will be on deporting people only if they have criminal records. 

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