The Safe Communities Act of Massachusetts (currently S.1305 in the state legislature) would:
- Ensure no state support for a Muslim registry. Prohibits access to information in state databases for use in any federal registry program based on national origin, religion or other protected characteristics.
- Ensures Basic Due Process Rights for people detained in state and local facilities for civil immigration violations. Requires informing detainees that they have the right to decline an interview with ICE agents, and to have their own attorney present (at their own expense) if they so choose.
- Use police resources to fight crime, not separate families. Ensures that state, local and campus police don’t participate in immigration enforcement activities, including inquiries, investigations, raids, arrests or detentions that are based solely on immigration status.
- Prohibits agreements with DHS that deputize local officers as immigration agents, including county officers in Bristol and Plymouth sheriff’s departments.
We’ve created a petition with MoveOn.org to help promote the bill throughout the state (and hopefully, throughout the country as a model of how to resist that draconian measures being pushed by reactionary politicians in Washington D.C.). To sign it, go to http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/support-the-safe-communities or click on the red box below!