FORT WORTH, Texas – A police officer in Texas is under fire after posting an unauthorized video telling undocumented immigrants that his department has not enforced immigration laws “for many, many years.”
Daniel Segura works for the Fort Worth Police Dept. He posted a video on his Facebook page Wednesday morning. His goal was to calm the fears of many in the town’s Hispanic community following President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration and the ongoing debates over “sanctuary cities.”
He said his fellow police officers “don’t care” about a victim’s immigration status and that they have the “same rights as anyone else who lives in Fort Worth.”
“We are going to defend you. We are going to protect you,” Segura said in Spanish.
Conflict with department
However, it was Segura’s talk about the enforcement of federal immigration laws that got him into trouble, according to Fox News.
“In the City of Fort Worth for many, many years, we have not enforced immigration laws. We are not federal officials that can enforce federal immigration laws. I want to make that very, very clear,” he said. “We, in Fort Worth, do not execute or enforce laws on immigration so that people that live in Fort Worth do not have the fear that we can possibly deport them. That is not true.”
Fort Worth Police Department issued a statement saying it did enforce all laws – local and federal – to protect all citizens, and was not a sanctuary city, Fox 4 reported.
“The video is not intended to represent the views of the City of Fort Worth on immigration or compliance with immigration policies,” the statement said.
Segura, who is part of the department’s public information team, is a longtime liaison with the Hispanic community in Fort Worth, according to the report. The department said he would not face any disciplinary action due to the video.
“People know him, he’s a good man. My goodness, let’s get a hundred like him,” Texas-based immigration attorney Francisco Hernandez told the news agency. He said Segura’s video should be applauded.
In a subsequent comment on the video, Segura later clarified that the city of Fort Worth is not a sanctuary city.