Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has reaffirmed that Baltimore is a welcoming city for immigrants, despite what she called a "scary environment."
In the past few days, mayors from sanctuary cities around the country have made similar gestures. Baltimore doesn't hold sanctuary-city status, because the city doesn't control Central Booking or Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation procedures.
The mayor made it clear Thursday what it means to be a welcoming city. Joined by immigrants from a number of Baltimore neighborhoods, the mayor said they and refugees make the city stronger and more diverse.
Rawlings-Blake said that in wake of the national election, she wanted to assure residents that Baltimore is inclusive and tolerant.