By Lauren Dezenski
May 23, 2017
DATELINE SANCTUARY CITY — As the House takes up two bills today that would bolster sanctuary cities’ protections in the commonwealth, opponents of the new protections will meet in West Roxbury tonight for their own panel in opposition to the designation and in response to “local victims of illegal alien crime” that “keep piling up,” according to Bostonians Against Sanctuary Cities organizer Lou Murray.
Bills H.3033 and H.3034 would restrict agreements sheriffs can make with federal officials and would not allow inmates to leave the state for prison labor — thereby making it impossible for Massachusetts inmates to help build Trump’s border wall as Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson has proposed. Both are expected to pass the House.
But later, Rep. Geoff Diehl, who plans to vote against both measures, will join Hodgson and other pro-Trump conservatives for the anti-Sanctuary City panel, with the recent murder of two doctors in their South Boston penthouse by an illegal immigrant serving as the latest example of the need “to inform concerned citizens, and develop an organization to provide the facts to the media.”
An interesting tidbit: While Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has spoken out in defense of illegal immigrants (and offered to house them in City Hall), the city does not actually fall under the legal definition of a sanctuary city, according to the mayor’s office.
For more information, go to: www.beverlyhillsimmigrationlaw.com