Under a newly passed city ordinance in Cambridge, residents are still legally required to carry a drivers license if they are operating a vehicle, but local law enforcement has been ordered not to arrest illegal aliens caught driving without identification, Boston 25 News first reported.
The city ordinance, ordained Feb. 10, marks what appears to be the most lenient policy for undocumented immigrants and roadway rules.
The city councilors who passed the ordinance say its necessary given increased immigration enforcement emanating from the White House.
“We need to protect our community members from a federal government thats out of control,” Cambridge City Councilor Quinton Zondervan said of the rule. “There are no other reasons for the police to arrest someone, give them a court summons instead which keeps them out of the clutches of the Trump administration.”
Known as the Welcoming City Ordinance, the rules spell out what is expected of law enforcement if they encounter an illegal alien operating a vehicle.
“When taking action against a person who is found to be driving without a valid drivers license, officers of the Cambridge Police Department shall, whenever possible in the officers discretion and if there are no other violations causing the person to be arrested, issue a summons to court instead of taking the person into custody,” text of the ordinance read.
“In such circumstances, the law enforcement officer taking action shall endeavor to provide the driver a reasonable opportunity to arrange for a properly licensed operator to drive the vehicle before seeking to impound the vehicle, unless the violation is one subject to a statutory or regulatory requirement of vehicle impoundment,” the ordinance continued.
The Welcoming City Ordinance is not limited to roadways, but also forbids law enforcement from inquiring about an individuals immigration status, and restricts information sharing and cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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