An ideological group wants Springfield to officially become a “Welcoming City,” which is similar to so-called “Sanctuary cities” but without legal protections.
Welcoming Cities encourage undocumented immigrants to settle down and build a life, but they do not offer protections from deportation.
Sanctuary cities limit their cooperation with federal agencies to enforce immigration laws. Chicago is a Sanctuary City.
In contrast, a Welcoming City is “an embrace of the immigrants that we’ve had for the last two centuries,” Veronica Espina, co-chair of the Springfield group Action Illinois, told WRSP.