In light of heightened concerns about immigrant issues following the election of President Donald Trump, the city has allocated funds for an immigration coordinator that will work as part of the Human Rights Commission.
After a failed attempt by the city to find a developer and manager for the empty Foundry building in East Cambridge, the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority is debating taking on the job itself. But board members expressed significant doubts.
A plea by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts to halt a controversial collaboration between state and local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement won unanimous support from the City Council on Monday.
Undocumented immigrants living in Cambridge and facing deportation or other enforcement actions could soon have a city-backed legal defense fund to support them and a “lawyer on speed dial,” under a plan discussed Monday by the City Council.
Reports of immigration raids swirled nationally over the weekend, even in the sanctuary cities of Cambridge and Somerville, but no undocumented immigrants were taken locally. The scare had officials urging immigrants and allies to make contact and take action.
Despite concern over oncoming recreational marijuana dispensary rules clouding their vote, city councillors passed revised zoning for medical marijuana dispensaries Monday that could make room for a half-dozen dispensaries citywide.
Cambridge officials are gearing up to issue the first-ever round of municipal minibonds, available only to residents. The bonds are “mini” because they can be bought in denominations as low as $1,000 and will be capped at $20,000, and paid off within five years.
President Donald Trump has made good on a campaign promise to take action against sanctuary cities such as Cambridge, signing an executive order that, among other provisions, threatens to strip them of federal funding.
Business owners hope the merger will increase their visibility and strengthen advocacy efforts as they face challenges including distance from T stops, limited parking, decreased foot traffic and empty storefronts.
Cambridge’s response to a recent rash of hate speech has drawn praise from the New England branch of the Anti-Defamation League, especially as incidents proliferate at schools – at least one of which has followed a less open approach.