Dozens packed the City Council chambers in support of the Welcoming Community Trust Act Monday night.
The City Council passed the ordinance in a 10 to 3 vote.
The proposal would provide protections to immigrants and undocumented individuals in Springfield by preventing law enforcement from working on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement or questioning people’s immigration status.
Mayor Domenic Sarno said he would veto the measure because it would hurt the safety of the city.
Supporters said if he does veto the proposal, they will continue their fight.
“It’s our hope that the City Council will stand strong in their definition of the City of Springfield here all people are welcome, where everyone is included and where people are not seeking out each other’s info to separate families, so it’s our hope that the city council will override the veto,” said Reverend Margaret Sawyer from the United Church of Christ.
It would take a two-thirds majority or nine votes to override a mayor’s veto.