Lawrence officials approve protections for illegal immigrants

By the Associated Press:

Lawrence city officials approved an ordinance that provides protections for immigrants in the country illegally and includes policies regarding how police interact with them.

The Lawrence City Commission’s vote on Tuesday came after more than a year of discussion prompted by an immigrant advocacy group. The nondiscrimination ordinance, among other things, prohibits the city from considering immigration status when providing city services.

The vote approved provisions that require police to notify the public when they are aware of some federal immigration activities, and if the department changes its current policies on cooperating with federal immigration authorities on non-criminal matters.