Lawyers’ Committee Takes Action in Response to ICE Raids in Sanctuary Cities
Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice took immediate action in response to ICE raids targeting immigrants in Massachusetts. The federal government is explicitly retaliating against Massachusetts because our Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled in Lunn v. Commonwealth that state law provides no authority to arrest or hold an individual solely for federal civil immigration purposes.
The federal government is punishing us for following the rule of law. Using the full force and strength of federal enforcement to punitively target immigrants in Massachusetts is an extreme abuse of power. Raiding our cities and towns is a waste of scarce taxpayer dollars, and creates a climate of fear in vulnerable communities. This enforcement activity makes victims and witnesses of crime less likely to cooperate with law enforcement, and renders us all unsafe.
As the first organization in the country to sue the Trump Administration on behalf of sanctuary communities, the Lawyers’ Committee is challenging the constitutionality of President Trump’s executive order against sanctuary jurisdictions.
We will continue to work closely with community groups to protect children and families in all minority and immigrant communities.