Boston Mayor Marty Walsh took a swift and firm stand in response to Trump’s order.
With a visibly diverse group of city employees and local elected officials huddled around him, Walsh said the city has been, and always will be, a safe place for immigrants, no matter their status.
“Boston was here for me and my family. And for as long as I am mayor, I will never turn my back on those who are seeking a better life,” he said. “We will continue to foster trusting relationships between law enforcement and the immigrant community. And we will not waste vital police resources on misguided federal actions.”
Walsh said he’s not intimidated by Trump’s fiscal threats — even though the city has approximately a half-billion dollars in federal revenue at stake, a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office said.
In fact, Walsh went so far as to open the doors to City Hall itself for anyone fearing deportation.
“That means if people want to live here, they’ll live here,” he said. “They can use my office. They can use any office in this building. Any place they want to use, they’ll be able to use this building as a safe space.”