Basalt votes Tuesday to become 'safe harbor' for immigrants

Mar 13, 2017

The Basalt Town Council is expected to vote on a resolution to become a “safe harbor” for immigrants.

The resolution restates the town’s commitment towards non-discrimination. It states, “We recognize immigrants to be a vital part of the Basalt community.”


Mayor Jacque Whitsitt said the resolution aims to send a message to the town’s Latino community that “We’re not coming after you here.”


“Safe harbor” might sound like “sanctuary city,” which has been in the news quite a bit recently. Sanctuary cities are places that, to some extent, don’t cooperate fully with federal immigration authorities.


Whitsitt thinks there is some baggage associated with the term “sanctuary city,” but the decision to become a “safe harbor” is a similar course of action.