HOLYOKE, Mass (WWLP) – Earlier this week on 22News told you about Northampton’s police policy when it comes to undocumented citizens.
The goal of the Federal Secure Communities Act was to detain dangerous criminal aliens longer than a citizen would normally be held, 48 hours, but many cities and towns across the country have chosen not to comply with those federal requests.
Like Northampton, Holyoke is also not complying with federal requests by ICE. Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse told 22News, Holyoke is safer because they don’t use the threat of deportation as leverage against victims, witnesses or suspects.
“We’ve set a number of standards in the police department where we want residents to feel comfortable reaching out to our officers in person or other mechanisms because that helps us solve crimes if people feel safe and trust the police.”
Somerville and Boston also have similar police department practices that don’t comply with ICE requests to hold undocumented non-criminal immigrants.