NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker signed an executive order on Thursday to affirm the Elm City as a ‘welcoming city.’
The order reaffirms the city’s protections for everyone, including members of the undocumented community. It will strengthen the language of the existing order regarding New Haven’s status as a sanctuary city for undocumented and other vulnerable people.
The declaration also prohibits the New Haven Police Department from asking someone their immigration status unless mandated by state or federal law. It also prohibits city employees from disclosing confidential information on one’s documentation status and forces the city’s HR department to conduct new training for all city employees to ensure everyone is on the same page with the executive order. Those who fail to comply will be subject to discipline.
The goal of the welcoming executive order is to ensure everyone, regardless of immigration status, feels safe in New Haven. Whether it’s walking outside of their home or calling the police or an ambulance if they need assistance. Mayor Elicker said it’s a step in the right direction.
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“New Haven has a history of being a welcoming city, and today we reaffirm that history and strengthen our protection for our residents.”
Mayor Elicker joined News 8 Thursday on News 8 to expand upon what it means for residents now that he has signed this new order.
The mayor also answered questions about the upcoming school year and how the school system will be handling education amid the pandemic.