Good Week for Immigration Detention Reform

Starting with Middlesex County cutting the contract with ICE that allowed the county, since Dec 2001, to house immigrant detainees in the county jail, reported in the Home News, to 2 Massachusetts jurisdictions ending their 287(g) programs that deputize local law enforcement as immigration agents, Boston Globe, on the same day that Middlesex acted.  

“We’re done. I told them to come get the computers.”  Framingham Police Chief Steve Carl

Ya gotta love the frankness of police chiefs when they don’t want to give in to ICE demands…

“It doesn’t benefit the police department to engage in deportation and immigration enforcement,”

And now today’s news, announcing reforms of ICE detention, Nina Bernstein’s story and release of Dora Schriro’s Report and Recommendations on detention reform.

Topped off by the new rules for Maricopa County making Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Phoenix, “furious,” HuffPo.  Though this only covers the cops in the street, so they are still detaining people who come into the county jail.

Gives one hope for change.  In the meantime, I’d love for them to make it easier for those of us in our Middlesex visitors program to find the guys we were visiting who are now dispersed to Monmouth, Hudson and Essex jails. And I’m hearing that in Essex, you can wait for 3 hours and not even get the 15 minute visit!

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