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Jersey City mayor signs sanctuary city executive order protecting undocumented immigrants

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. — New Jersey’s second-largest city reaffirmed its place as a sanctuary city for people living in the country illegally.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop on Friday signed an executive order outlining a policy for the city’s police department and other agencies to work with the immigrant community.

Mayor Steven Fulop signed an executive order designating Jersey City as a sanctuary city on Feb. 3, 2017. (Steven Fulop)

Mayor Steven Fulop signed an executive order designating Jersey City as a sanctuary city on Feb. 3, 2017. (Steven Fulop)

“We won’t be bullied,” Fulop said. “We’re going to stand by the values that are important to us.”

Fulop’s office says the order will prevent city resources from being used to enforce federal immigration law in a city in which 40 percent of the population is foreign-born. He says he’s unwilling to hurt families in Jersey City.

The mayor’s parents were immigrants to the U.S. from Romania.

The term “sanctuary city” generally refers to communities that do not cooperate with federal immigration officials. Jersey CIty, under the new executive order, will not use any of its municipal resources to pursue immigration status.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order that referred to withholding Justice Department and Homeland Security funds from towns that bar local officials from communicating with federal authorities about someone’s immigration status.