Councilors Support Church Sanctuary

Springfield City Council is passing an  ordinance preventing city employees from interfering with a church that  is providing sanctuary efforts. 

The council voted unanimously on Monday  to pass the rule in light of South Congregational Church's welcoming of  a Peruvian woman who is avoiding deportation. 

Springfield Mayor Domenic  Sarno ordered city inspectors to check the church for code violations  and a review of its tax-exempt status. 

An inspection was carried out  late last week before the council could vote, with only minor violations  reported.

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