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Should Newton Follow Somerville’s Lead on Relaxed Immigration Enforcement?

Somerville’s mayor is expected to limit the holding of undocumented immigrants by police.

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone.
Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone.

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone is expected to sign an executive order Thursday that would limit the time his police officers could hold undocumented immigrants solely on immigration violations, according to the Boston Herald.

Which begs the question: Should Newton follow Somerville’s lead?

Let us know in the comments below.

Curtatone’s order would be unprecedented in Massachusetts.

“This is morally the right thing to do,” he told the Herald.

After the order in Somerville, undocumented immigrants will only be held by police if they have a warrant out for their arrest or for non-immigration-related legal reasons, according to the report.

Read the Boston Herald’s full report >>

Carry Shulock Sexton May 21, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Yes. No question. immigration status is not a local police issue.
Joshua Norman May 23, 2014 at 10:23 AM
No, Newton should not follow Somerville's lead. Illegal Immigration costs Massachusetts taxpayers $1.9 Billion annually. We shouldn't be rewarding this kind of bad behavior. http://www.fairus.org/states/Massachusetts Instead of spending $1.9 Billion annually on benefits for illegal aliens, why don't we just cut off the benefits. Illegal aliens aren't dumb, they're just illegal. They'll recognize that Massachusetts is no longer a sanctuary state and they'll leave on their own.

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