By cultivating trust, sanctuary cities make everyone safer

I write with dismay about President Trump’s executive actions on immigration, in particular his threatened punishment of “sanctuary cities” (“Boston among cities facing loss of US funds,” Page A1, Jan. 26). Our cities have made reasoned decisions that carrying out the work of the federal immigration agencies does not protect the public safety of their residents. They seek to build inclusive, welcoming communities in which all people, including immigrants, trust each other and feel safe to report crimes and cooperate with the police.

When immigrants equate the police with immigration enforcement and can no longer trust their cities to protect them, we all suffer, and we all become less safe. Thank goodness Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Mayor Walsh, Mayor Joseph Curtatone of Somerville, and the leadership of other cities and states are standing up for public safety in our communities.

Jeannie Kain