Sheriff Cummings Reacts to Senate Vote

Criticizes Senator Julian Cyr for change of position...
Barnstable Sheriff James Cummings

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. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on