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Bridgeport City Council passes resolution to make city 'welcoming' place for immigrants

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The Bridgeport City Council passed a resolution Monday night to make the city a "welcoming" place for immigrants after months of deliberating.

As the resolution made its way through the public safety committee, before making its way to the council, it faced opposition, from council members and Mayor Joe Ganim himself.

The resolution had been changed to "compassionate city" and now finally "welcoming city."

To be clear, the resolution doesn't mean Bridgeport will be a full-on sanctuary city. According to published reports, the "welcoming city" resolution would cover both legal and undocumented individuals.

Just four council members voted against it.

Make The Road CT was one of the groups who came out in support.

The group had been putting pressure on local democrats to oppose President Trump's immigration orders.

While the resolution isn't a “city law,” the group's director says its passing is a step in the right direction.

"Many people who come to our office are undocumented and afraid, so we feel like this is a step forward,” says Julio Lopez Barona. “We want to keep fighting, but we also want to make sure we celebrate this moment."

President Trump's immigration policies have been a hot button issue across the U.S., including in Connecticut.

As the president makes his way to New London Wednesday, News 12 Connecticut knows of at least two groups planning to come out in response to those policies as well as others.

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