BY EMILY DEFECIANI
TROY, N.Y. (WRGB) -- Troy's Public Safety Committee voted Tuesday night in favor of a resolution to make the Collar City a sanctuary city.
It was a fiery meeting that lasted hours as dozens of residents came out to speak their minds.
City Council President Carmella Mantello said she's never seen so much divisiveness.
On one side, residents opposing the resolution argued that it undermines the police department by limiting its ability to question and investigate.
They also argued that sanctuary cities harbor criminals.
Most said they are not against immigration, as long as people are coming to the United States legally.
On the other hand, those supporting the resolution say this is a moral argument, and that these people are coming here to escape poverty and violence in their own countries.
They say the resolution will help reduce discrimination and profiling, keep families together and make Troy more inclusive.
One resident said, "This great city of Troy was literally built on the backs of immigrants. This idea of hunting immigrants, with no cause, who are only interested in a better life, goes against every ideal this great nation was founded on."
Another resident argued, "You're passing a bill that's going to break the law! And you're going to let these people just walk freely instead of doing the right thing and going there at the right way."
The resolution now moves to a full council vote on Thursday.
Mayor Patrick Madden released a statement saying he does not support the resolution in its current form.
A police spokesman says the department stands by the Mayor.
The Sheriff has said his office will continue to cooperate with ICE regardless of the resolution.