The Boston Police Department says it obtained and ignored 12 federal requests to detain suspected unlawful immigrants final 12 months beneath the Hub’s sanctuary-city legislation.
Every 12 months, the BPD is tasked with placing out a report on how effectively it adopted town’s Trust Act, an ordinance that forbids metropolis businesses from cooperating with sure requests from federal immigration-enforcement officers.
According to the report, filed with the City Council on Monday, town cops obtained 12 requests all year long. For every of them — little info is given moreover the precinct it went to and the date of the ask — the police division wrote, “It was not acted upon per the Boston Trust Ordinance.”
The report additionally notes that “zero individuals” have been detained by the cops or transferred to federal Immigrations & Customs Enforcement this 12 months beneath immigration detainers, and there have been no value reimbursements from ICE for associated efforts.
“The Boston Police Department remains committed to the Boston Trust Act and strengthening relationships with all our communities,” BPD Commissioner Michael Cox wrote within the report. “Boston’s immigrant community should feel safe in reporting crime and in proactively engaging with the Boston Police Department.”
A Boston ICE spokesman didn’t instantly touch upon the numbers, however mentioned in a press release, “Detainers are a critical public safety tool because they focus enforcement resources on removable noncitizens who have been arrested for criminal activity.”
“Detainers increase the safety of all parties involved ([immigration enforcement] personnel, law enforcement officials, the removable noncitizens, and the general public) by allowing an arrest to be made in a secure and controlled custodial setting as opposed to at-large within the community,” ICE added.
There’s nobody boilerplate sanctuary-city legislation, however the time period usually refers to guidelines that prohibit police forces, colleges and the like from sharing knowledge with or following by on detainer requests from federal immigration-enforcement officers. This grew to become a well-liked kind of effort by left-leaning metropolis governments in the course of the Trump administration, when the feds grew to become extra aggressive in going after unlawful immigrants.
Boston’s model of such a legislation known as the Trust Act, first put into place in 2015 after which strengthened in 2019, when then-Councilor Josh Zakim proposed an replace of the legislation in gentle of fears that then-President Donald Trump would have a large-scale immigration crackdown.
ICE is split into two wings — the aspect that does deportations, which is a civil motion, and the felony wing which focuses on trafficking and different issues. The cops are allowed to work with the felony aspect.