Rul­ing ‘weak­ens’ law en­force­ment: ICE

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

BOS­TON — A U.S. im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cial says Mas­sachusetts’ high­est court put com­mu­ni­ties at risk when it ruled that po­lice do not have the au­thor­ity to de­tain peo­ple sus­pected of be­ing in the U.S. il­le­gally. The Supreme Ju­di­cial Court ruled that Mas­sachusetts po­lice of­fi­cers do not have the power to ar­rest some­one not fac­ing crim­i­nal charges, even if fed­eral au­thor­i­ties have re­quested their de­ten­tion.

C.M. Cro­nen, the U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment field of­fice di­rec­tor in Bos­ton, says in a state­ment: “This rul­ing weak­ens lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies’ abil­ity to pro­tect their com­mu­ni­ties.”

He says ICE is re­view­ing the de­ci­sion to de­ter­mine its next steps.

The de­ci­sion came in the case of Sreyn­uon Lunn, who was de­tained by court of­fi­cers in Fe­bru­ary even though crim­i­nal charges against him had been dis­missed.

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