BOSTON — Local mayors are speaking out after President Donald Trump's move to strip funding for cities that protect illegal immigrants.
"The latest executive orders and statements by the president about immigrants are a direct attack on Boston's people, Boston's strength and Boston's values," said Mayor Marty Walsh.
Boston, Cambridge and Somerville are among the list of cities around the country that are sanctuary cities, which means there are policies in place to limit federal immigration enforcement. It's a broad term and the exact details vary from city to city.
"Somerville will stand with you regardless of your race, creed, color, gender, nationality, legal status, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation, and Somerville, let me be clear, will be made a sanctuary city," said Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone.
Trump's executive order would cease federal funding to all sanctuary cities. Curtatone tweeted Wednesday that the order was all for show.
Just so people know. What Trump did today is just theater. Hasn't actually cut anything b/c we have laws and he's not a king. https://t.co/GPBlOZm8lK— Joseph A. Curtatone (@JoeCurtatone) January 25, 2017
My office will be watching closely and I will be ready to stand with our cities and towns in the coming days. #SanctuaryCities pic.twitter.com/hY8bPHpbqz— Maura Healey (@MassAGO) January 25, 2017
I will use all of my power within lawful means to protect all #Boston residents--even if that means using City Hall itself as a last resort.— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) January 25, 2017
Read Joint Statement on #SanctuaryCity Status from #CambMA Mayor @E_DeniseSimmons and City Manager DePasquale - https://t.co/hQmzgn35Mv pic.twitter.com/esVtvpx3N3— City of Cambridge (@CambMA) January 25, 2017
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