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Are The United States' Immigration Rules Too Lax?

August 2, 2017

The message is clear for people not born in the U.S.: Getting to and staying in America is harder than ever. Today, President Donald Trump announced his support for a Senate proposal that would cut legal immigration to the states by more than half by creating what he calls a merit-based points system for green cards.

Last week, Massachusetts' highest court ruled it is unconstitutional for local law enforcement to detain a person solely because of the request of a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent. In response, Gov. Charlie Baker filed a bill yesterday that would require state and allow local law enforcement officials to detain certain individuals at the behest of ICE. That means someone suspected of terrorism, spying or anything else that might make them a danger to national security — or someone who has committed an immigration violation and is in state or local custody, ready to be released for a serious crime, even one committed decades ago — could be detained up to 12 hours.

Marion Davis, director of communications at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson, an outspoken supporter of stricter immigration laws, joined Jim Braude to discuss.


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