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MIRA advocates for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees. In partnership with its members, MIRA advances this mission through policy analysis and advocacy, institutional organizing, training and leadership development, and strategic communications.

Boston: Drop "Secure Communities" Now!

“I don’t want people to feel that they have to fear the police, no matter what their status is," Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told the Boston Globe on Sunday. Then why hasn't Davis withdrawn Boston from the Secure Communities program?

That's what columnist Adrian Walker asked the next morning, July 4, and what immigrants, human rights advocates, and countless concerned residents also want to know. In early June, Governor Deval Patrick joined fellow Governors Andrew Cuomo of New  York and Pat Quinn of Illinois by rejecting the fundamentally flawed program, which turns local police into the de facto deputies of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, thereby destroying the bonds of trust between immigrants and the police. As law enforcement experts everywhere attest, this trust is essential to truly make our communities secure.

Now, Boston is the only jurisdiction in Massachusetts currently enrolled in the Secure Communities program, and as Globe reporter Maria Sachetti showed, non-criminals are getting ensnared and deported, with potential negative reverberations for all of us as the shock waves shred trust in the community.

MIRA asks Commissioner Davis to do the right thing and withdraw from Secure Communities now. If you want to add your voice, you can sign the petition started by activist Kyle de Beausset here.

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