The Springfield City Council is taking the first step to pass a new ordinance banning city employees from asking about a resident's immigration status unless it is required by law.
The Welcoming Trust Ordinance also bans those employees from serving as immigration officers and prevents them from targeting institutions such as churches from providing sanctuary to immigrants and their families.
After a twelve-member unanimous vote on Monday, the ordinance will be sent to a committee before the council holds another vote.
Left unanswered is how Mayor Dom Sarno is going to come out on the issue.
Councilors have said that the measure right now is veto proof.