BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – The Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on Wednesday considered a bill introduced by state lawmakers that, if passed, would bar local and Commonwealth state police from use funds, detention beds, prisons and personnel only for immigration law enforcement.
Dubbed the “Safe Communities Act” by its supporters, the bill was sponsored by Representatives Ruth B. Balser and Liz Miranda, and State Senator Jamie Eldridge, among other Massachusetts politicians.
“No one should have to sacrifice their safety because they are too afraid to approach the police or access the courts. The Safe Communities Act is an important step in restoring trust in immigrant communities,” Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said. on Twitter.
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Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said he opposed the bill: “It is just outrageous, it makes absolutely no sense. Unfortunately, we have lawmakers who believe that protecting the villains and law-breaking people are somehow advantageous to them without regard. “
If the bill passed, authorities would also be prohibited from applying for a person’s immigration status.
Tim Dunn of the WBZ (@ConsiderMeDunn) reports.