Pass the Safe Communities Act!
The COVID-19 crisis has underscored the impact of longstanding state and local involvement in deportations—undermining testing, treatment and contact tracing efforts in immigrant communities, and impeding immigrant access to court and police protection.
The campaign for passage of the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act ( S.1579 and H.2418) achieved remarkable progress last year, advancing the bill out of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security with a recommendation for passage, only to be left on the table as the clock ran out on the 2019-2020 legislative session.
As the third session for this bill begins, passage remains an urgent public health and public safety priority. Our state’s involvement in deportations preceded the Trump administration and is likely to continue without state action. And state action requires our legislators to demonstrate a supermajority of support for the bill in both the House and the Senate. Here’s how you can help:
Urge your legislator to cosponsor the Safe Communities Act today. Use our form to email your own state legislators in just a few minutes.
Passing the Safe Communities Act will communicate loud and clear that in Massachusetts, everyone can seek help, protections and treatment without fear of deportation. This is a message that immigrant communities desperately need to hear.