A Texas police officer's Facebook Live video has gone viral after he told illegal immigrants they would be safe from deportation in his city.
In a nearly six-minute video posted on his Facebook page Wednesday, Officer Daniel Segura of the Fort Worth Police Department spoke entirely in Spanish, publicly proclaiming to illegal immigrants that Fort Worth has not enforced immigration laws for many years.
"In the City of Fort Worth for many, many years, we have not enforced immigration laws. We are not federal officials that can enforce federal immigration laws. I want to make that very, very clear,” Segura said in the video. “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. That is not true.”
He also professed the officers at FWPD don't care if a crime victim is a legal citizen and ensured that illegal immigrants have the same rights as citizens in their city.
"If you are the victim of a crime, we don't care about your immigration status. You have the same rights as anyone else who lives in Fort Worth," Segura said. “We are going to defend you. We are going to protect you."
By Friday the video had more than 1.2 million views.
The Fort Worth Police Department released a statement insisting the department does follow local and federal laws, and that Fort Worth is not a sanctuary city, according to KDFW-TV.
"The Fort Worth Police Department enforces all laws and protects all its citizens and is not a sanctuary city. The video was not intended to represent the views of the City of Fort Worth on immigration or compliance with immigration policies," the statement said.
The department also said that Segura will not face any disciplinary action for the video, according to KDFW-TV.