After weeks of debate and rallies in support of immigrants, the Newton City Council on Tuesday voted 16 to 1 to become a “welcoming city” that protects all residents, regardless of their legal status.

Ruthanne Fuller, an At Large City Councilor and one of the original nine city councilors who proposed the ordinance, mentioned the importance of passing a strong, clear ordinance to protect peaceful, productive” immigrants in the Newton community.

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