Charlie Baker Strongly Opposes a Sanctuary State Law
As a debate rages in Boston over blocking the use of state money to help federal immigration authorities, Charlie Baker has come out strongly against so-called sanctuary state protections.
The governor, who most of the time declines to weigh in on pending legislation, released a statement just as a hearing was getting underway at the State House. He said the proposal being considered “weakens current public safety measures that are designed to keep us safer” and said it would keep state police from detaining convicted murderers and rapists.
The safety and security of our communities is a top priority for our administration, and I oppose this bill that would prohibit law enforcement from enforcing bipartisan policies that have been in place for 10 years and prevented violent and dangerous convicted criminals from being released back onto our streets. This legislation would also prevent the Massachusetts State Police from upholding our policy to detain individuals for federal authorities that have been convicted of heinous crimes, like murder and rape, and weakens current public safety measures that are designed to keep us safer. Our administration does not support making the Commonwealth a sanctuary state and urges the Legislature to hold this bill in committee and reconsider ways to ensure Massachusetts remains a welcoming place while maintaining public safety.
Packed #safecommunities hearing. .@massteacher‘s .@bmadeloni is ready to testify. #mapoli pic.twitter.com/kAYoLGYlmS
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