Mayor Joe Hogsett on Sunday said Indianapolis welcomes all immigrants, refugees and marginalized people, but he stopped short of declaring the capital to be a sanctuary city.
Hogsett, a Democrat, joined Jewish, Muslim and Christian faith leaders to discuss ways to protect immigrants, Muslims and ethnicities that they believe are targeted by executive orders issued by President Donald Trump.
The Indianapolis Congregation Action Network, called IndyCAN, a faith-oriented grassroots group, organized the event that drew an overflow crowd estimated at 1,500 to St. Philip Neri Catholic Church.
Hogsett said it is unacceptable that many families don't feel at home in Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Star reported. He vowed that no one in Indianapolis would be stripped of their privileges that are "rightly secured to them as members of this community."
"As a city, we are committed with all stakeholders to ensure that not one dime of city resources funds anything that a court has determined to be discriminatory or unconstitutional," Hogsett said.
“As a faith organization, our clergy and leaders are compelled to oppose unjust, racist and harmful policies that are designed to separate families,” said Rev. Linda McCrae, IndyCAN Pastor of Central Christian Church, in a written statement. “We will challenge, at every turn, any policy by the Trump administration that is contrary to our faith and values. We will create dozens of rapid response teams, train our members on their constitutional rights on bystander intervention and generally be a public witness for justice.”