The Safe Communities Act of Massachusetts (Senate #1596, House #3052) 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.
We need to get co-sponsors for this bill in the senate and the house BY THIS FRIDAY (Feb. 3)! Call your state senator or representative (find them here) and tell them:
I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative [name] and I live in [your city]. I’m calling to ask Senator/Representative [name] to cosponsor the Safe Communities Act, sponsored by Senator Eldridge (SD.1596) and Representative Matías (HD.3052). This bill would protect the civil rights of all state residents by making sure our tax dollars are not used to help the Trump administration deport immigrants and create a Muslim registry. Can I count on the [Senator / Representative]’s support? [Be sure to give Docket Numbers of bills: SD.1596 and HD.3052]