RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Republican Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Corey Stewart hosted a rally in Richmond Saturday in opposition to sanctuary cities.
The event was held in response to Mayor Levar Stoney’s directive earlier this week to ensure that Richmond is an inclusive city, open to everyone.
Stoney said at the time that the city will take all measures to protect and promote policies of inclusion for all residents, regardless of their national origin, immigration or refugee status, race, color, creed, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or sexual identity.
Stewart and his followers voiced their opinions that Richmond and other cities should cooperate with Federal Authorities in removing what he called criminal illegal aliens.
The rally was also met with counter protestors who support Richmond becoming a sanctuary city.
Stewart told 8News that he has a job to get done and could care less about what the protesters think.
“I’m not really interested in bringing together the lunatic left into the fold,” Stewart said. “They are very clear they don’t want consensus, they are not interested in being part of the solution at all, and I frankly don’t care what they think.”
Other Republican candidates Ed Gillespie, Denver Riggleman and Frank Wagner have all also previously taken stances against sanctuary cities.
Democratic nominee Ralph Northam previously voted against Virgina HB2000 which would have prohibited localities from adopting ordinances refusing to enforce federal immigration laws, while Tom Periello made the following statement on Twitter: