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    Clinton Sorzano almost 3 years ago

    I am undocumented, and have lived in Hyattsville for 12 years (living in the US for 17 years). I volunteer with a homeless shelter on a weekly basis, very active in my church, and even volunteer at Hyattsville events, and yes, I pay taxes.

    I love this community very much because of it’s diversity and incredible neighbors that I have come to know over these many years.

    Last Sunday, I went to church. When announcement was made of the ICE raids a few weeks ago, I was so terrified, I did not leave my house for close to two weeks. Even though I am in good standing with the law, I was terrified. I did not go to church, I did not go to the grocery store, to work or do any of my regular volunteer activities.

    As a sanctuary city, I will feel safe once again to contribute to this community (an country) that I love so very much. Until I have the opportunity to become a legal resident of the US, I hope to continue to do good for this country. Hyattsville being a sanctuary helps.

    From what I can tell both Takoma Park and Baltimore are considered "sanctuary city's" but they still share information with the federal government. Would Hyattsville be pursuing the same sort of arrangement as these two cities or something else?