Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is reacting to a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision this week that says law enforcement agencies in the state can't detain a person solely for immigration violations.
Sarno says the city "will continue to cooperate with federal authorities" to ensure safety for citizens, especially in terms of protecting them from violent criminals.
Meanwhile, the court decision is in line with the policies of some other Western Massachusetts cities, like Greenfield, whose mayor issued an order last week preventing local police officers from questioning people about their immigration status unless the person is involved in a criminal investigation.
And, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials back in March included Northampton and Amherst on what was considered a list of "sanctuary cities" across the U.S.
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