Court rules Massachusetts police can’t detain immigrants without charges

[Ed. – Is suspicion of being in the country illegally a possible charge?]

A Massachusetts top court was the first in the nation to rule that state law enforcement cannot hold illegal immigrants just to buy time for federal authorities to take them into custody.

In a statement the state ACLU said, “At a time when the Trump administration is pushing aggressive and discriminatory immigration enforcement policies, Massachusetts is leading nationwide efforts by limiting how state and local law enforcement assist with federal immigration enforcement. Now more than ever, we need to send a clear message that Massachusetts stands with our immigrant neighbors.”

At times, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents would ask local courts or police to detain an illegal immigrant who would otherwise be released.

A field office director with ICE in Boston said, “While ICE is currently reviewing this decision to determine next steps, this ruling weakens local law enforcement agencies’ ability to protect their communities. The dedicated men and women of ICE will continue to do our sworn duty to enforce our immigration laws and protect the safety and security of the citizens of Massachusetts’ communities.”

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