City Councilors looking to adopt Welcoming Community Trust Ordinance in Easthampton

Hampshire County

Some Easthampton City Councilors wants to make the city a more welcoming place for everyone.

Easthampton wants to follow in Springfield’s footsteps, making sure everyone feels safe in their city. 

There’s a new city ordinance proposal in Easthampton that would remove residents’ immigration status, basically aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants in the city. 

The Welcoming Community Trust Ordinance was introduced by two city councilors in February. There was a public hearing Monday night to get feedback on the proposed ordinance. 

“I think having this ordinance only further complicates an already complex issue,” said Janice Hoffman of Easthampton.

Hoffman attended the meeting. She doesn’t agree that it should be something the city votes on. She’ll rather leave the ruling up to the residents who live in the city. 

“I hope they bring it to a ballot because these meetings can be very divisive and emotional because I feel as though the people are not being heard,” Hoffman said.

City councilors, however, want to model this after Springfield’s Welcoming Community Ordinance. They want to make sure people’s immigration status is not questioned.

We contacted Peg Conniff Tuesday, one of the City Councilors that presented the proposal last month. 

Conniff said this proposed ordinance is similar to the policies and procedures that police already have in place.

There is another public hearing scheduled for March 26.

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