Attend meetings this week on a $1.2 million plan to plant more trees, the limits of municipal independence in the face of federal immigration enforcement policy, the school district budget, a Kendall Square hotel proposal, a $250 million, four-year school and park project and much more.
A “Welcoming City Ordinance,” first presented in May, was once again being heard and deliberated by the council to, in essence, make our sanctuary city status more powerful and legitimate. No councillor asked about its tabling in October for an “unprepared” city solicitor.
In truth, “sanctuary city” status is often a toothless tiger, a soft designation that, while well-intentioned, does not guarantee undocumented immigrants adequate protection. This doesn’t have to be true for Cambridge. A proposal to give the status teeth will be heard Jan. 27.