WATCH | A Texas police officer posts an unauthorized video about immigration
Fort Worth officer Daniel Segura shared a nearly six minutes Facebook live video on Wednesday in hopes of quashing fears among the local Hispanic community following President Trump's executive orders on immigration, according to Fox News.
Speaking in Spanish, Segura said his fellow police officers "don't care" about an individual's immigration status, affirming that they have the "same rights as anyone else who lives in Fort Worth."
That wasn't what got Segura in a sticky situation with his employer, though. Segura steered the conversation to the enforcement of federal immigration laws, saying that "we have not enforced immigration laws."
“We, in Fort Worth, do not execute or enforce laws on immigration so that people that live in Fort Worth do not have the fear that we can possibly deport them," he added. "That is not true.”
The video, which was posted on Wednesday, went viral, amassing 1.2 million views and nearly 28,000 shares as of Friday afternoon.
In response to the video, the Fort Worth police department issued a statement, reaffirming the community that it does enforce all federal and local laws to protect all citizens.
“The video is not intended to represent the views of the City of Fort Worth on immigration or compliance with immigration policies,” the statement said.
Segura's video comes a week after President Trump rattled the world order when he had signed executive orders on immigration as well as caused a rift between US and Mexican relations when he had ordered a tax import on Mexican goods.
The department said Segura wouldn't face disciplinary action--positive news to community members who look to Segura as a sign of comfort.
“People know him, he’s a good man. My goodness, let’s get a hundred like him,” Texas-based immigration attorney Francisco Hernandez said, adding that Segura’s video should be applauded.
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