Cranston will help immigration agents, unlike other cities

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says he signed an agreement promising to notify the federal government when immigrants in the country illegally are detained by police in his city.

Fung, a Republican candidate for governor, said Friday he signed it this week to ensure that criminals in the country illegally cannot continue to commit crimes.

The federal government is requiring cities receiving public safety grants to notify federal agents when immigrants in the country illegally are being released from police detention.

Providence and Central Falls sued the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday over the conditions. Several states, including Rhode Island, and cities have filed similar suits.

Fung says if elected governor, he’d cooperate with immigration authorities and fight “sanctuary cities.”

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policies.