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Feb 24, 2017 4:01 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Village Mayor Makes Statement On Immigration Enforcement

East Hampton Village Mayor Paul Rickenbach, center. JON WINKLER
Feb 27, 2017 10:54 AM

East Hampton Village will not have its police officers deputized to enforce immigration law, according to a statement issued by Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. on Friday.

“Historically our police department has worked in concert with the Department of Homeland Security—ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement]—when and where a specific criminal investigation is ongoing and ICE requests assistance from our police department,” the statement said.

“This has and will continue unabated,” the statement continued, going on to say that even though the federal government had made no formal “overture” to the village to request deputization, and none was expected, “village government will not allow or authorize that our sworn police personnel become federal deputies.

“We are a nation of inclusiveness,” the mayor wrote. “Let this moment clearly define the majesty of what our country and nation stand for.”

Both East Hampton and Southampton town supervisors have said that their police officers would not be deputized to enforce immigration law.

After President Donald Trump implemented stricter immigration policy, promising deportations and beefed-up enforcement, rumors of ICE raids have been circulating on the East End and elsewhere. Hundreds of immigrant residents filled Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton on Tuesday, February 21, for a forum for immigrants hosted by the Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island.

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This idiot thinks we are a country of inclusiveness. We are a country of laws, and your oath of office demanded that you follow them. This is not up to some little dirt bag to think he is above the law. Stop playing politics with our law book!
By chief1 (2725), southampton on Feb 24, 17 6:30 PM
What a jerk. I guess he promotes illegal behavior.
By Babyboo (275), Hampton Bays on Feb 24, 17 6:52 PM
Chief baby .. nobody in East Hampton cares what you think. Thanks for making idiocy great again.
By harbor (400), East Hampton on Feb 24, 17 7:15 PM
You're right, By harbor -- most of the Far East End is lost to a murky swamp of Progressivity.

Be sure to check your property tax bill this next year!



By Frank Wheeler (1813), Northampton on Feb 24, 17 8:26 PM
Yes, Frankie boy is right. Just as swamps are as murky as they are nature's grand system for purification of rain and run-off water that make living on this planet possible, preventing erosion and contamination of drinking water. It prevents flooding and provides habitat & nourishment for the myriad of animals & plants, from the simplest to the complex so too does progressivity operate in the social structure of community. It's also an axiom or right wing stupidity that ignorance of nature is a ...more
By mo (89), Sag Harbor on Mar 8, 17 11:57 AM
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Wrong! I care as do most all my friends & neighbors.
By mo (89), Sag Harbor on Mar 8, 17 11:58 AM
Did you dope heads sign a oath to defend the Constitution??? Guess you had a option to swear on a bible or not???
WOW......
By knitter (1725), Southampton on Feb 25, 17 12:28 AM
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He misspoke. Nobody is worried about immigrants. It's the illegal aliens and fugitives that are the problem.

By even flow (842), East Hampton on Feb 25, 17 6:15 AM
must be looking for re election. This guy is an idiot
By GregBall (19), Costa Mesa, California on Feb 25, 17 6:24 AM
I have nothing but praise and respect for immigrants who are here legally. However, I believe our politicians protecting and defending illegal immigration is disgraceful.
By disappointed (96), wainscott on Feb 25, 17 7:06 AM
All in the effort to sound nice and accommodating. NOBODY CARES! Enforce the law you were sworn in to uphold. Save the pleasantries for all the ILLEGAL immigrants you invite to your house party. Oh wait, you don't.
By lirider (270), Hampton Bays on Feb 25, 17 10:17 AM
Politicians will never learn that less said is a wisely chosen path.
By Mouthampton (419), Southampton on Feb 25, 17 12:19 PM
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Sounds like he has a house keeper, friends have a landscaping business or contractors are backing him...WOW there goes your east end... LVIS position???
By knitter (1725), Southampton on Feb 25, 17 12:43 PM
Both he and Cantwell honestly believe the Federal Government cares what they say. They are way above their paygrades on this one and ignorant of the impact of their decisions on the local taxpayer. I am just suprised they both didnt coordinate for Marine Patrol to go after that Russian ship.
By pluff (56), East Hampton on Feb 25, 17 2:31 PM
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While I believe everyone who comes here should be here legally, I don't believe it has ever been the job of the police on the state, county or local level, to enforce immigration policy or to check on the immigration status of people they may encounter.
By Rich Morey (357), East Hampton on Feb 25, 17 4:48 PM
Why not ?
By Sturgis (572), Southampton on Feb 26, 17 8:42 AM
" I don't believe"

That's the problem with braindead liberals. They "believe" so much that isn't true.
By MoronEliminator (199), Montauk on Feb 26, 17 1:22 PM
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You don't believe the local police should aid in enforcing the law, especially when it might aid in preventing violent crime?
By dnice (2345), Hampton Bays on Feb 26, 17 11:00 PM
Because they are not paid to enforce federal law.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Feb 27, 17 1:38 PM
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How does one uphold the Constitution and not enforce federal law?
By loading... (558), quiogue on Feb 27, 17 8:05 PM
For the record, Rich's point above is thoughtful and kindly put. By all means disagree... but the mean-spirited playground insults neither advance any substantive point nor reflect well on you.
By Brigette (11), Amagansett on Mar 13, 17 12:38 PM
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By SlimeAlive (1180), Southampton on Feb 26, 17 12:56 PM
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The reason the left is so upset about Trump's win, is because they were SO CLOSE to permanent power. SO CLOSE to getting illegals the right to vote, and opening the border spigot all the way to ensure permanent, one party rule.
By MoronEliminator (199), Montauk on Feb 26, 17 1:23 PM
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This is what America looked like before the EPA cleaned it up

By Kendra Pierre-Louis
Popular Science
26 FEB 2017 AT 08:47 ET

In 1970, Republican President Richard Nixon signed an executive order creating the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It was a time when pollution made many of our nation's rivers and streams unsafe for fishing or swimming. Back then, New York City's air pollution was so thick that you often couldn't see the city's iconic bridges. ...more
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Feb 27, 17 7:09 AM
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Now now, he's just being a good pet for business and keeping the East End's shadow economy up and running. The only people he cares about are the rich white folks who need their yards cleaned up by cheap illegal immigrants so they can toast their drinks and tell each other how wonderful they are.
By Preliator Lives (405), Obamavillie on Feb 27, 17 6:58 AM
/\ That right there sums it up. The politicians reassuring the filthy rich that there will a bounty of cheap slave labor for the summer.
By SlimeAlive (1180), Southampton on Feb 27, 17 7:18 AM
You just hit the nail on the head!!
By toes in the water (847), southampton on Feb 27, 17 7:29 AM
Southampton 7-11
By SlimeAlive (1180), Southampton on Feb 27, 17 1:37 PM
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$25 a hour? What do the contractors charge the customer???
By knitter (1725), Southampton on Feb 27, 17 12:52 PM
Chief, what law book would that be?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Feb 27, 17 3:38 PM
Then they aren't entitled to federal grants
By chief1 (2725), southampton on Feb 27, 17 4:47 PM
Besides immigration laws, the mayor should announce all the laws he plans on breaking this year.
By SlimeAlive (1180), Southampton on Feb 28, 17 2:30 PM
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By Yamka (12), Southampton on Feb 28, 17 3:52 PM
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By Yamka (12), Southampton on Feb 28, 17 3:54 PM
Everyone knows Slime Barely Alive would never drive over the speed limit on the LIE. NorI can I imagine that tearing off the legal warning on a mattress would cause such depression & worry among all these hypocritical Repubs.
By mo (89), Sag Harbor on Mar 4, 17 9:33 AM
8k run & 3 mile walk, Agawam Park, Southampton Rotary Club fundraiser