The City Council today agreed to continue studying a proposal by Council President Andrea Campbell (Dorchester) to extend the right to vote in municipal elections to "immigrants with legal status."
Without a formal legislative proposal, the council agreed to let Councilor Michael Flaherty's committee on government operations continue to look at the idea.
Campbell, who said she is "done" with rallies and protests against actions by the federal government against immigrants, said she was looking for steps city government could take to protect its citizens. She pointed to both the way the government separated children from their parents and its decision to begin blocking immigrants from serving in the armed forces.
Campbell said she was talking only about municipal elections, not state or federal elections, and noted some other cities in the US already allow such residents to vote. She said one issue to look at is whether Boston could even allow such election participation without approval of the state legislature.