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.
For more information see Boston.com.