Boston threatens to remove itself from Secure Communities Program

The City of Boston today threatened to remove itself from a federal program that cross references city arrests with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) database of wanted illegal aliens.

Mayor Thomas Menino and Police Commissioner Edward Davis initially supported the program and defended it when Governor Deval Patrick refused to allow the State Police to join. Recently, however, the Mayor and Commissioner have changed their views after it was revealed that some of the people being detained by ICE were arrested for misdemeanor crimes.

According to The Boston Globe “Menino called on the Secure Communities task force to demonstrate more transparency in how it decides whose fingerprints are shared with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Department of Homeland Security must establish a “partition’’ that separates immigrants charged in felony crimes from those arrested on misdemeanors, he argued…Otherwise, he said, Boston will no longer participate in the program.”

The Department of Homeland Security plans on taking the Secure Communities program nationwide by 2013. Boston was the pilot city when the program was launched in 2008.

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About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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