Jersey’s Biggest City Joins Fair and Welcoming Movement

Newark is the latest, and largest, New Jersey municipality to join the Fair and Welcoming or Sanctuary City movement that has towns making clear its roles in non-enforcement of federal immigration law.

Mayor Ras Baraka announced today that he had signed an executive order outlining critical steps City Hall would take in protecting the wellbeing of the city’s immigrant population.

“This is an opportunity to make Newark a fair and welcoming city,” Baraka said. “To make the community safer for citizens that documented and undocumented alike.”

Like other towns to establish a policy framework to promote community inclusivity and to provide a certain level of protections for undocumented populations, Newark will not voluntarily expend municipal resources to enforce federal immigration law unless presented with a court order. Federal immigration agents will also not be able to enter municipal property without a judicial warrant.

Most recently, Highland Park established a set of short- and long-term fair and welcoming policies, becoming the first municipality in Middlesex County to do so. Weeks later, the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a new policy that limited the county’s cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.

More to come…

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