Earlier this week, the South Orange Village Board of Trustees voted to make South Orange a Sanctuary City, reports The Village Green. The resolution was modeled on Maplewood’s “Welcoming Community” resolution, which was passed on January 17. Bloomfield is also considering a designation as a “Welcoming City.”
Montclair may join their Essex County neighbors. At last week’s Montclair Township Council, residents who support designating the Township as a Sanctuary City came out in droves asking that a resolution be drafted. The council was overall supportive of the pro-sanctuary opinions expressed. Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville said she had introduced a sanctuary city resolution earlier, and that she and the rest of the council had been doing research to write a resolution with help from Township Attorney Ira Karasick, who recently shared with the council a draft that could pass muster legally.