UU Mass Action has been working with a broad coalition of community groups to file the Massachusetts Trust Act. It was filed January 18th by Representative Carl Sciortino and Senator James Eldridge and now we need your help to get this bill passed!
Trust Act Resources:
Actual Text of the Bill with Co-Sponsors
Currently Immigration Custom & Enforcement has coopted Massachusetts Law Enforcement into doing their immigration enforcement work for them through the so-called Secure Communities deportation program. ICE implemented secure Communities in Massachusetts in May of 2012 over the objections of Governor Patrick, Mayor Menino and many others. This federal program has had a chilling impact in the relationship between Massachusetts’s law enforcement and local immigrant communities by making it easier for ICE to deport law-abiding immigrants and causing numerous immigrant families to be separated.
The act to Restore Community Trust in Massachusetts Law Enforcement will make our communities safer by:
- Providing that individuals ordered released by Massachusetts judges and magistrates will not be detained for ICE in spite of the court’s release order.
- Clarifying that it is not the responsibility of Massachusetts’s law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws, and direct Massachusetts law enforcement not to arrest, detain, or transport individuals for federal immigration purposes.
Trust Act Facts:
- Even though ICE claims Secure Communities is about deporting criminals over 60% of those deported in Massachusetts since May 2012 have committed no crime what-so-ever.
- ICE detention requests misuse local resources because ICE does not reimburse local governments for the cost of holding individuals for them.
- ICE detention and deportations regularly tear apart Massachusetts’s families and communities often leaving US citizen children and spouses without providers and caregivers.
Here are concrete steps you can take to help pass the Massachusetts Trust Act
- Join your voice and the voice of your congregation with other people of faith by signing the Trust Act Interfaith Sign-On Letter. We encourage you to sign on your whole congregation but you can also sign on as a social action committee, religious professional or individual. (Click here to download a paper copy of the sign-on letter)
- Come to the Trust Act Campaign Launch Press Conference March 20th at 11am on the steps in front of the State House.
- Attend UU Mass Action’s 7th Annual Advocacy Day April 23rd where the Trust Act will be a major piece of legislation we will be working on.
- Hold an interfaith Trust Act Forum at your congregation in April. We are trying to organize interfaith forums across the state in April in support of the Trust Act. If you would like to do this and invite your neighboring churches we can help you. Call 617-971-8731 for more information.
- 3/20/2013 – WBUR: Immigrant Advocates Push Bill at Rally
- 3/20/2013 – WBZ Radio: Immigrant Advocates Push Bill To Help Reduce Deportations In Mass.
- 3/20/2013 – Boston.com: Immigrant advocates push bill at Statehouse rally
- 1/29/2013 – Lynn Daily Item - Local meeting of illegal immigrants, supporters brings concerns to fore