Thursday, February 11, 2016
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Issues: Local Enforcement


Public safety is a high priority among all immigrant communities - from violence prevention to equal enforcement of the law, guaranteeing the public safety of Massachusetts residents.

Ensuring the safety and security of everyone requires a broad understanding of the different needs and unique characteristics of the diverse communities across Massachusetts. Public safety is best served when everyone shares equal access to the protections provided by the justice system.

MIRA advocates for equal access to protections and just enforcement via:

Access to Driver's Licenses - the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) personelle has routinely rejecting proper documentation from many immigrants. Too many in our communities are being forced to make unnecessary repeat trips to the RMV because of the Registry's own violations of proper procedures. MIRA will continue to work toward ensuring that all legal permanent residents able to provide proper documentation are able to obtain licenses.

Limiting ICE's ACCESS Programs - Secure Communities, 287(g) and the Criminal Alien Program are designed to use the already stretched resources of local and state criminal law enforcement agencies on federal civil law enforcement efforts. MIRA is concerned that such tactics would lead to racial profiling, waste resources on targeting noncriminal workers and parents rather than criminal offenders, and erode community trust in law enforcement.

Reduce Racial Profiling - MIRA continues to hear complaints about racial profiling by state and local police throughout the commonwealth. MIRA is very concerned that our law enforcement should be handling criminal matters in an efficient and effective way rather than harassing minorities simply because of their accents or the color of their skin. As such, MIRA is working with local communities and local law enforcement to ensure that policies against racial profiling are both in place and are respected.

Roll Back Electronic Employment Verification In 1997, the Federal Government began the Basic Pilot/E-Verify system as a voluntary program that allowed employers to electronically verify an employee's work authorization. Numerous entities have found that Basic Pilot/E-Verify has significant weaknesses, including its reliance on government databases that have unacceptably high error rates and employer misuse of the program to take adverse actions against workers. The Social Security Administration estimates that 3.6 million American workers a year could be misidentified as not authorized for employment. MIRA believes that Basic Pilot/E-Verify is a fatally flawed system, the expansion of which would result in serious economic distress to our nation and its workforce.


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