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The proposed ordinance has a namesake, a group of activists from the city that formed last year called “Brockton United,” including members and supporters of the nonprofit Brockton Interfaith Community, many of who supported the Trust Act.

“I would not be in favor of a sanctuary city law,” Rodrigues said. “At the same time, I want to make sure we have some protection on the book for individuals who want to engage with the Brockton Police Department. ICE can do whatever it needs to do in the community. At the same time, we want to make sure our police department has the necessary tools to enforce and keep citizens safe. … What we don’t want to see happening is individuals who might have overstayed their visa and they are afraid of picking up a phone and calling police to report criminal activity.”

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