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Published On: Thu, Feb 2nd, 2017

Ask Newton Mayor Setti Warren to welcome immigrants and protect their rights

As a Newton resident I am writing to ask you to support the Welcoming City ordinance, Docket #443-16(2), and not the competing language that does not actually protect our neighbors and community.

The Welcoming City ordinance will protect the constitutional rights of our city’s residents, without compromising public safety. It will help protect immigrants living peacefully and working productively among us from unwarranted arrest and deportation by outside federal agents. At the same time, it will help maintain the good, long-standing relationship between police and our communities that has made Newton one of the safest cities in America. When residents trust law enforcement because they do not fear that reporting crime will lead to detention or deportation, we are all safer.

Newton needs to strengthen our local government and our police by refusing to be used as tools of federal immigration agents trying to implement an unconstitutional immigration deportation program. We must protect our city from potential liability for violating residents’ rights on behalf of the federal government. And we must stand up and say NO to the Trump administration’s racist and prejudiced policies.

Please support and help implement the Welcoming City ordinance, Docket #443-16(2), so that the official policies and laws in Newton match up with our community ideals.

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