Amherst among sanctuary cities that could see more undocumented immigrants

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AMHERST (WWLP) – It’s an idea some think would ease the burden along the southern border swamped by migrants. 

President Trump wants to move forward with a plan that buses undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities. The president has considered sending undocumented immigrants from the southern border to sanctuary cities. 

The President tweeted last week: “The USA has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities. We hereby demand that they be taken care of at the highest level.”

“I think it would be an opportunity in some way, shape or form for the administration to allow for immigration to happen freely in this country as it should,” Nathalie Irmer of Amherst said.

Amherst adopted the Sanctuary Community Bylaw in 2017, aimed at offering protection to undocumented immigrants. 

Lucio Perez, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, has been seeking sanctuary in the First Congregational Church in Amherst since 2017 to avoid deportation. 

“I think as long as these cities have the infrastructure for it, I think it is a brilliant idea. Amherst decided to become a sanctuary city and so I think they should hold true to that stance. We are a sanctuary Talya Sogoga of Amherst said.

Mayors across the country have expressed their thoughts on welcoming immigrants to their city, 
including Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern, who said, “I’m not intimidated and if asylum seekers find their way to Cambridge, we’ll welcome them.” 

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