According to an article on  “Two Massachusetts law enforcement agencies – the Framingham police and the Barnstable County sheriff’s department – are no longer enrolled in a controversial program that let them enforce federal immigration laws.”

This is a wise move.  Respect for and cooperation with residents is essential to run an efficient police force.  Unwarranted fear by members of the public prevents the reporting of serious crimes and deters members of a community from acting as witnesses to serious crimes.  The concept is known as community policing and has been extremely effective at allowing forces to accomplish more with less. 

Using “special federal powers” to help deport dish washers and landscapers who may be stopped for having a defective headlight is not impressive and diverts scarce resources from actual crimes.

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Author: Bradley Maged

I'm Brad Maged, an immigration lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts. I help people who want to live and work in the United States and companies that wish to employ them. This blog provides opinion and information on developments in immigration law. Thanks for reading!

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