He’s completely proper.
“If we didn’t have the ICE program they usually have been launched again into the group, they usually went right down to Barnstable or Brewster or Dennis, and killed anyone, who’s going to be the one who’s blamed for letting them go? Me.”
Sheriff Jim Cummings vented his frustration over laws proposed to void all 287(g) agreements in Massachusetts, which permit native regulation enforcement companies to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to find out the immigration standing of people arrested right here. The Barnstable County Sheriff is head of one in all solely three regulation enforcement companies within the state which have such a cooperative contract to verify the immigration and felony standing of non-citizen inmates. The verify may be performed earlier than bail is posted, and if there are excellent convictions, warrants or costs, they are often deported to the international locations the place they’re already convicted or are going through different costs.
These vital of the ICE agreements say they unfairly goal people arrested who aren’t right here within the U.S. legally. There are allegations of mistreatment of the detainees, and improper punishment based mostly on their standing, not their alleged crimes. In actual fact, the Bristol County settlement was terminated after that sheriff was criticized for mistreating the overseas born inmates in his program.
However Sheriff Cummings has by no means had such a criticism levelled at him, and in reality often has fewer than a dozen such inmates to verify and confirm. Whereas the federal companies don’t reimburse the sheriff’s division for hours spent checking, the low numbers total don’t make it a lot of a burden on the educated workers doing the verification and processing.
One widespread criticism is that folks turned over to ICE below these agreements aren’t given the prospect to show their guilt or innocence of the crime they have been arrested for right here. However the sheriff just isn’t an area jail, and people despatched to the jail have often been convicted of a criminal offense. Up to now, some folks had been deported with out with the ability to have a trial for the fees on which they have been arrested, however the present coverage is that an individual will need to have a conviction so as to be topic to a civil deportation. The criticism over the expense of this system doesn’t tackle the price of housing the convicted felony with out deporting them for getting into the nation illegally and committing crimes in opposition to individuals and property.
Democrats within the legislature need to finish these agreements as a result of they suppose it oppresses the unlawful immigrant group as an entire. They’re involved that these right here with out authorized standing may be afraid to testify when they’re victims of a criminal offense. They object to having convicted criminals deported with out having them serve their sentences right here. However the place is the profit to the taxpayers in having them in jail right here, at their expense, quite than being returned to their nation?
There are such a lot of good and productive folks, doing their finest to grow to be residents right here, typically unable to afford the charges and authorized illustration to take action. The repeated hearings, the technicalities, the authorized and lawyer charges, are all such a troublesome burden. Wouldn’t or not it’s higher to make use of these funds to assist these folks attempting to do the precise factor quite than to accommodate and feed violent convicts earlier than finally deporting them after their sentences are served?
As a result of that’s the actual downside. The final vital immigration reform was proposed by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, who added a quota for Irish immigrants as financial refugees earlier than that nation’s economic system rebounded. Politicians on either side of the aisle use the problem of immigration to ‘fire up’ their respective bases whereas ignoring the struggling of those that try to do the precise factor. As typically occurs, it’s typically extra of a bonus to politicians to have the problem quite than an answer.
“This entire massive downside is as a result of our federal elected representatives and senators aren’t doing their rattling job as a result of they need to play politics with immigration,” Sheriff Cummings stated. “They need to reform immigration and make the legal guidelines in order that they’re somewhat bit plainer, and we don’t have all these folks pouring into the nation and nobody figuring out what to do with them,” Cummings stated.
He’s proper about that, too.
Cynthia Stead may be contacted at email@example.com.