State opposition to President’s executive orders on immigration
BOSTON— Today, six Massachusetts state representatives penned a letter to top public safety officials in the Baker Administration. In letters to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett, Department of Correction Commissioner Thomas Turco, and Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Colonel Richard McKeon, the representatives voiced their “concern following yesterday’s executive orders on immigration made by the President of the United States.”
On Wednesday, the President issued two executive orders calling for a wall along the country’s southern border and for states to enter into enforcement agreements with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The letter expresses opposition “to the use of the Commonwealth’s resources to enforce federal immigration laws” and “unconstitutional deportation.” It calls the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico an “irresponsible and ineffective use of American tax dollars.”
The representatives asked for a meeting to “better understand” the agency’s plans with regards to immigration, since these agencies are most likely to enter into agreements with ICE. The Department of Correction currently receives delegated authority for immigration enforcement.
Signing on to the letter were Representative Frank Moran (D-Lawrence), Representative Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield), Representative Juana Matias (D-Lawrence), Representative Jeffrey Sánchez (D-Jamaica Plain), Representative Jose Tosado (D-Springfield), and Representative Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke).