Amid rising anxiety in immigrant communities fueled by deportation fears and increasingly aggressive federal operations, San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia did one of the things he does best.
He preached. Literally.
During the Spanish-language Sunday afternoon mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish south of downtown, Garcia took the pulpit and reassured congregants that his department is not assisting or performing the work of federal immigration agents who have become more active in the South Bay and broader region.
According to the East Bay Times, the chief echoed a call he made over a year ago in the wake of the last presidential election. “It’s been our longstanding policy that we will not enforce federal immigration laws,” Garcia said.