50 ar­rested in Mass. amid im­mi­gra­tion sweep

Pawtucket Times - - OBITUARIES / REGION -

BOS­TON (AP) — Fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials say 50 peo­ple were ar­rested in Mas­sachusetts as part of a na­tion­wide sweep fo­cus­ing on what they called "sanc­tu­ary" ju­ris­dic­tions, which limit lo­cal au­thor­i­ties' co­op­er­a­tion in im­mi­gra­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment an­nounced Thurs­day that the four-day op­er­a­tion net­ted 498 peo­ple wanted for im­mi­gra­tion vi­o­la­tions. Of those, 317 had crim­i­nal con­vic­tions.

Among those ar­rested in Bos­ton was a cit­i­zen of In­dia con­victed of in­de­cent as­sault.

The Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union of Mas­sachusetts on Fri­day de­cried the raids as "at­tempts to bully state and lo­cal law en­force­ment." The Mas­sachusetts Im­mi­grant and Refugee Ad­vo­cacy Coali­tion noted 20 of the 50 ar­rested in Mas­sachusetts had no crim­i­nal record.

The im­mi­grant ac­tivist group Cen­tro Pre­sente said it will lead a vigil in East Bos­ton on Satur­day in re­sponse.

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