WPD Chief responds to immigration threats

In a recent video statement, Watsonville Police Chief David Honda reassured residents that WPD is there to help the entire community. — Contributed

Honda: 'don’t be afraid to call us'

WATSONVILLE — About one week after President Donald Trump announced upcoming raids by immigration authorities – a plan he delayed a day later as he told congress to fix the nation’s asylum laws – Watsonville Police Chief David Honda sent out his own message to the community.

In a video posted on Facebook, Honda told residents the police department is there to help the entire community.

“Recently comments have been made at a national level that have caused a lot of fear and trepidation in our community,” Honda said in the video.

“As your chief of police, I want to assure you that every community member should never be afraid to call us if you need us,” he continued. “We are here to serve and protect as your police department. Immigration enforcement is a national issue. It is not a local one. We are a sanctuary city, so don’t be afraid to call us if you need us. We’re here for you.”

Honda told anyone with question or concerns to call the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, which among other things runs the Santa Cruz County Immigration Project. That organization provides legal services to the immigrant community.

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