Human Rights Commission wants to declare Greenfield a “safe city”

The proposal will need to be approved by the Town Council and the Mayor

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- The Greenfield Human Rights Commission wants to declare Greenfield a “safe city”. The Commission’s proposed a  “city safety ordinance”, asking the town to welcome refugees and others seeking a home.

Monday night, the Commission agreed on a proposed “safe city” resolution. Greenfield Human Rights Chair Philippe Simon told 22News the idea is to make sure no one is discriminated against because of their citizenship; “We want everyone to feel safe working, living and shopping here.”

The resolution also encourages law enforcement to not be responsible for a person’s immigration status, Simon said.

Simone said the resolution is similar in spirit to a “sanctuary city”. Sanctuary cities ensure that all residents, regardless of immigration status, are allowed access to city services.

The proposal will need to be approved by the Greenfield Town Council and Mayor William Martin. The Human Rights Commission could present their proposal to the Town Council later in February.

Mayor Martin told 22News, “If it’s to allow people from other countries to come to the United States and live in the city of Greenfield, that’s been our history.” He said Greenfield will uphold the law and will not shelter anyone who would go against the U.S. constitution.

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