Press Statement by Sheriff James M. Cummings on Senate Amendment which will reduce public safety:
The Senate’s vote to attempt to restrict Sheriffs from keeping dangerous criminals off our streets is disappointing and shortsighted. The goal of the 287(g) program is to enhance public safety by identifying aliens, lodging immigration detainers, and initiating removal proceedings on potentially deportable criminal aliens who have been arrested on a separate state criminal charge.
In December, Senator Cyr said in the Cape Cod Times that he would support the Sheriff’s Office program so long as it remained a jail program and not one that was expanded into the community. As nothing has changed with our jail program and has kept several dangerous criminals incarcerated for charges including rape of a child, it is disappointing that Senator Cyr has changed his position on 287(g) our program without any communication from him.