Residents debate proposed immigrant resolution in Highland Park

The following is an excerpt from published February 22, 2017.

Gubernatorial candidate the Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale of the Reformed Church of Highland Park said "I do believe this resolution should be called sanctuary city."

"Low-hanging fruit is what ICE goes for," he said. "If you don't claim yourself as a sanctuary city, to me it feels like you're inviting your town to be low-hanging fruit. … "

He thanked the borough for allowing the church to house nine people for 11 months who would have been deported during the Obama administration.

He said the executive orders now coming out "are not carefully thought out" and "link together all sorts of people as if they are all deportable categories of equal nature."

"Our congregation is committed to offering physical sanctuary again," he said, adding that he hopes he would have the borough's blessing.