Governor Baker's proposed legislation in response to the State Supreme Court's groundbreaking Lunn decision, which held that Massachusetts law enforcement officers cannot warrantlessly hold people on ICE detainers, would derail progress on immigrants' rights.
Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, and Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, outline the dangers of the proposed bill in the Boston Globe:
"That's a lot of people—and not just undocumented immigrants, but anyone who could be deemed to be a "removable alien." A green card holder who's been lawfully here for decades—working hard and raising an American family—but who spent time in jail when he was 18, would meet the governor's criteria. As we have seen in many cases across the country, "foreign"-looking US citizens who don't carry their papers can be arrested and easily get caught up in the immigration net as well.