Sanctuary city ordinance
On April 14, 2017 Salem city council voted 7-4 to pass the "Sanctuary for Peace" ordinance.
The main goal of the ordinance is to provide city services to all Salem residents, "regardless of immigration status."
The city joins a growing list of Massachusetts cities to officially vote and become a sanctuary city. Others include Amherst, Boston,
Cambridge, Northampton and Somerville.
The ordinance is on hold pending a petition drive led by opponents, who want to put the issue on the November ballot for a public referendum.
Vertical File in Salem Collection - Sanctuary city ordinance
"Supporters, opponents of proposed ordinance turn out in force for hearing" Salem News, Mar. 29, 2017, p. 1
"Signatures are in for sanctuary petition" Salem News, May 4, 2017, p. 1
"AG Healey: Sanctuary makes communities safer" Salem News, May 4, 2017, p. 2