SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – People in Massachusetts, and across the country, rallied on Monday for May Day. Around 100 people gathered outside of the old federal building in Springfield to rally for changes to improve the lives of immigrants in western Massachusetts.
The group gathered for remarks by organizers, as well as Springfield City Councilor Adam Gomez, before marching to City Hall to encourage those gathered for the City Council meeting to pass a resolution in support of May Day.
Some people wanted to see an end to deportations, and others wanted to see Springfield designated as a “sanctuary city”.
Eric Bauer of Jobs for Justice said, “We want the Mayor and the City Council to protect our Muslim and immigrant families. We want them to feel like they’re safe in our communities and have the right to work, have overtime and minimum wage.”
“As far as I’m concerned, if you’re illegal, you’re illegal,” Randy Hossler of West Springfield said. “We make laws and rules for a reason, like speed limits and everything else. If you break the law, you have to suffer the consequences.”
Mayor Domenic Sarno has said in the past he does not support a “sanctuary city” designation for the City of Springfield.
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