Ordinance passed to stop city interference with church housing Peruvian immigrant

Hampden County

Despite objections from Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, the Springfield City Council passed an ordinance Monday night.

The city council unanimously approved the ordinance.

Now city employees could be barred from interfering with the South Congregational Church in Springfield, that’s providing Gisella Collazo with sanctuary.

Collazo, an undocumented immigrant from Peru has been staying at the church with her two children since March 26 while she faces deportation to Peru.

The ordinance argues it’s within the church’s right and religious mission not to face interference from the city. 

Sarno has argued that Springfield is not a sanctuary city.

He responded to the order, saying the move would put millions of federal funding dollars at risk by making Springfield a sanctuary city.

City councilor Adam Gomez told 22News he didn’t believe federal funding would be jeopardized.

Earlier this month Sarno issued an inspection for the church Collazon is taking sanctuary in, which passed.

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