Representative Jim Lyons of Andover has offered a budget amendment entitled "An Act to clarify the jurisdiction of law enforcement officials on immigration issues" Representative Lyons' amendment would give local law enforcement authorities the ability to detain an person for up to 48 hours, if there was probable cause to believe that the person violated federal laws, including immigration laws.
This is an issue that has arisen due to a Supreme judicial court decision stating there is no explicit permission for local law enforcement officials to detain offenders and coordinate with federal law enforcement. It's anticipated this will be corrected this year, so we recommend that Lyons language submitted via this budget amendment is the approach the legislature takes.
Please contact your legislator today and ask him or her to support Representative Lyons' Amendment number 347. Also ask him or her to support getting a roll call vote to put legislators on record for how they voted.
Their constituents will not know if they support correcting this SJC ruling or not if they do not stand up for a roll call.
Thank you for taking action!