On the heels of a contentious debate about whether or not Newton should become a sanctuary city, Newton Mayor Setti Warren, Former Mayor David Cohen, Police Chief David MacDonald and 18 City Councilors docketed a compromise “Welcoming City” draft ordinance on Friday. The ordinance will be in committee Wednesday and go to the full City Council in three weeks
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Last Thursday, Mayor Setti Warren, Police Chief David MacDonald and City Council President Scott Lennon filed an ordinance to address concerns how police and city officers interact with undocumented immigrants.
One day later, seven city councilors filed a different “sanctuary city” ordinance.
From this week’s Newton TAB..
Mayor Setti Warren and Chief David MacDonald said Newton’s current practices were already in keeping with those of other “sanctuary city” communities, releasing a policy statement clarifying that Newton police officers do not proactively take action on immigration matters.
“There is definitely still going to be an ordinance filed,” Ward 2 Councilor Emily Norton said. “A bunch of us have heard from constituents wanting some demonstration of leadership from their elected officials in the wake of the election to reassure people who may be feeling unsure, or unsafe even, in this new reality.”
December 1, 2016–Newton, MA: Nearly 200 Democratic activists unanimously called upon the City of Newton to pass a TRUST ordinance, also commonly referred to as a sanctuary city provision, to increase public confidence in local law enforcement by providing clear guidelines associated with federal immigration enforcement, arrests, and detentions.