Push for immigration reform continues

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) — Immigrant groups say many minority communities in Massachusetts mistrust their local police.

Advocates say about 1,100 people are deported from America every year. 

They say immigrant communities often fear police officers because a friend or relative could be discovered and deported.

The Massachusetts Trust Act is meant to restore trust in law enforcement by keeping immigration issues out of the hands of local police and under the control of the federal government.  The bill ensures all residents, regardless of their immigration status, can contact police without fear of deportation.

“When immigrants see that a traffic stop or an arrest from the local police results in their deportation and separation of their family, that creates a lot of distress,” said Sarahi Uribe, Day Laborer Organizing Network Coordinator.

“People of Latin American origin are already the second largest segment of the inmate population in the U.S. penitentiary system and it's all related to immigration violation,” Oscar Chac n, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities said.

The national "Secure Communities" program was implemented in Massachusetts last May.  The program allows law enforcement to share fingerprints with a federal agency that can act on deportation proceedings.   

Critics say most people who have been deported from Massachusetts have not been convicted of any crimes.

Copyright 2014 WWLP TV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 

Political Pulse

Did you like this article? Vote it up or down! And don't forget to add your comments below!

No
Like It
 
Don't Like It
 
 
 

Comments

We welcome your thoughtful comments. Be the first to participate in the discussion. All comments will display your username and avatar.

 

Add a Comment

Sign in or join now to post a comment. All comments will display your username and avatar.

 


Massachusetts (change)

 
Welcome to Massachusetts onPolitix, powered by 22News. Trust onPolitix for your latest state, local, and national political news. onPolitix is just another way 22News is working for you.
 
Offices & Officials

Governor: Deval Patrick
Lieutenant Governor: Tim Murray
Attorney General: Martha Coakley
Secretary of State: Bill Galvin

Contacting the White House and Congress

Click the links below to get in touch with your elected officials.