BOSTON (AP) — Boston has joined a growing number of cities that won’t hold immigrants suspected of being in the U.S. illegally for possible deportation unless a criminal warrant has been issued for that person’s arrest.
The city council on Wednesday unanimously passed the so-called Boston Trust Act.
Through a spokeswoman, Mayor Martin Walsh reiterated his support for the ordinance, which advocates say will improve relations between local law enforcement and immigrants wary of reporting crimes for fear of deportation.
The measure was proposed by councilor Josh Zakim. He says federal court rulings have questioned the constitutionality of detaining immigrants.
Critics say the measure reduces cooperation and information sharing between local and federal law enforcement.