TELL STATE LAWMAKERS: End ICE Detention Agreements in Massachusetts
Every day, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) jails hundreds of immigrants in Massachusetts while they go through their immigration proceedings. This detention is purely civil – not because a crime was committed – yet it can last months or years. Current law allows local sheriffs to sign contracts with ICE. These contracts allow sheriffs to rent bed space for civil immigration detention in local jails or can even deputize local sheriff department staff to act as immigration agents. ICE detention agreements entangle state and local agencies with federal immigration enforcement, propping up an unjust system and undermining the sovereignty of the Commonwealth.
Urge your state lawmakers to support ending ICE detention agreements by co-sponsoring "An Act Relative to Massachusetts State Sovereignty" filed by Rep. Cabral and Sen. Gomez (H.1401/S.997). Please take a moment to personalize the message. Your voice and your reasons for supporting civil liberties matter!
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