Safe Communities Act

The Safe Communities Act of Massachusetts (Senate #1305) is a bill that 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.

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What to do:

  • Pass a resolution supporting the Safe Communities Act in your city/town, or in your organization (and then share them with us by emailing safecommunities@afscwm.org). Find sample language on this page!
  • Sign the MoveOn.org petition to tell your state legislators and Governor Baker to support the Safe Communities Act. We are tracking responses to the petition here – see if your legislator has made a statement!
  • “Like” the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act on Facebook.
  • Call these key legislators. Before talking to them, read these FAQs from Naomi Aron.
    • We need state Democratic leadership to support this bill because otherwise it will falter in committee. Call DeLeo and insist that he make sure that the Safe Communities Act (S. 1305) is passed.
    • We need these leaders on the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security – the committee where the Safe Communities Act has been sent and will next be acted upon – to make sure that the Committee holds hearings and favorably reports the bill out of committee.

Click to download the handout of talking points and contact information

Check below to find out if your Western Massachusetts state senator or representative co-sponsored the Safe Communities Act (If you don’t know who your state rep or senator is, look them up at http://wheredoivotema.com/ )