Massachusetts city condemns separation of children, parents at US border (MassLive)

Read the original article by Pete Goonan here.

SPRINGFIELD -- The City Council approved a resolution Monday night that condemns a policy that allowed federal officials to separate children from their parents when the families entered the United States without approval.

The council resolution states in part that it "condemns in the strongest means possible the separation of children and parents at the U.S. Southern Border and calls for an immediate end to the practice, and for the expedient reunification of families who have already been impacted by this policy."

President Donald Trump backed away from the controversial immigration policy last Wednesday, signing an executive order to stop federal officials from separating families.

At-Large City Councilor Jesse Lederman, who was the lead sponsor of the resolution, said Monday that despite the executive order, there continues to be ongoing concerns about family separation at the border. He had filed the resolution on the council agenda just hours before Trump's reversal.

Councilors Adam Gomez and Melvin Edward joined as sponsors, and it passed by voice vote, not needing a roll call.

Lederman said he and other councilors are focused on local issues, but said there are some national issues where "it is important for us as Americans to weigh in on, and take a stand on."

The resolution states that a reported "zero tolerance policy" at the southern border allegedly resulted in 2,600 children ranging in age from infants to 17 years old being separated from parents. The council said it had great concern for the physical and mental health and well-being of the children, and questioned the government's ability to properly track and reunite families.

Resolutions are non-binding, but are intended to reflect the will of the council, under council rules.

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