Conway is now officially a safe community. Their Safe Community Bylaw protects the Conway Police Department from having to comply with requests from immigration officers and other federal agencies.
Conway’s Annual Town Meeting approved a safe community bylaw on Monday night.
Conway Town Administrator Tom Hutcheson told 22News that this bylaw reiterates the latest Supreme Judicial Court ruling that allows local police departments to refuse to take orders from federal immigration officials.
This would include requests to detain an individual who was living in the United States illegally.
“There’s no reason currently for local law enforcement to act as federal agents,” Hutcheson explained. “This reiterates what is already state law now.”
Hutcheson told 22News Conway typically doesn’t see that many non-U.S. citizens, but a lot of local farms hire workers from all over the world.
Conway residents also approved the borrowing of $330,000 to repair the bridge on North Poland Road at the Town Meeting.