Northampton mayor among those urging lawmakers to support immigrants

Hampshire County

Dozens of residents rallied outside Northampton City Hall to support immigrants, and workers rights Tuesday night.

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz was at Tuesday night’s rally to announce the city’s efforts to protect undocumented immigrants.

A Northampton rally urged lawmakers to increase protections for immigrants.

The group called for an extension of “temporary protective status,” which will be terminated for residents of El Salvador.

“For many of us, returning to El Salvador would mean risking our lives, and the lives of our children,” one local resident told 22News. “We have helped build the economy of the united states, we pay taxes.”

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz wants to protect immigrants, including warnings if they hear of upcoming ICE raids and petitioning state lawmakers to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

But some residents say such decisions should be left to Congress, and not local communities.

“The feds may object, the feds have objected to various conditions in big cities,” said Edward of Easthampton. “How many enemies do you want to make in the federal government? The federal government, there many different people that object to giving carte blanche to everybody that shows up.”

Mayor Narkewicz said the city will also work to find a way to allow undocumented immigrants to vote in city elections.

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