Action Alert
Pass the Safe Communities Act Today!

This time last year, we made a promise to defend the millions of immigrants in the United States from the xenophobic, racist threat of Trump's policies. Since then, it's only gotten worse. The number of people picked up for deportation has skyrocketed, and the protections that were available to the most vulnerable groups of immigrants are being taken away one by one. We need to renew our promise and continue to protect our immigrant communities. We need to make Massachusetts safe for everybody.


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As your constituent, I urge you to make a stand and protect immigrants across our state by supporting the Safe Communities Act (H.3269/S.1305).

Over the past year, the number of people picked up for deportation has skyrocketed, and the protections that were available to the most vulnerable groups of immigrants are being taken away one by one.

The Safe Communities Act will protect everyone in our communities by focusing resources on public safety, rather than enforcing federal anti-immigrant policies. Massachusetts should join other states, such as California, Illinois and Connecticut, which have already taken similar action.

The Safe Communities Act will:

1) Protect MA taxpayers from sweeping 287 (g) contracts.
These agreements entangle local law enforcement in federal immigration enforcement by turning local officials into ICE agents, paid for with Massachusetts tax dollars. Local and law enforcement should be focused on public safety, not spending our resources to enforce federal immigration policy.

2) Set standards for when - and when not - to bring local immigrants to ICE's attention.
Over the last year, ICE has been detaining and deporting a substantially larger proportion of people with no past criminal records. We need law enforcement to limit when people are pro-actively brought to ICE's attention. Notification should be reserved only for when a person is held for a serious offense.

3) Protect due process.
Massachusetts law should make sure that due process is upheld when ICE interviews a person in local custody. Many times, ICE agents don't identify themselves when interviewing people in custody in Massachusetts - and the detained person gives up many of their rights because they didn't know they had any.
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The Safe Communities Act will ensure that Massachusetts tax dollars go towards Massachusetts priorities instead of upending the lives of immigrants and their children across the state. Please urge the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security to advance the SCA and begin building a safer community for all Massachusetts residents.
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