Senate Candidate Ventura will file legislation to allow local and state authorities to arrest and detain known unlawful aliens
(L to R: Jacob Ventura, Sheriff Hodgson discussing immigration.)
ATTLEBORO, MA – A recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously found that, “Massachusetts law provides no authority for Massachusetts court officers to arrest and hold an individual solely on the basis of a Federal civil immigration detainer beyond the time that individual would otherwise be entitled to release from custody.”
“The SJC decision points to a gap in the law that requires court officers to watch known illegal immigrants walk out of the courthouse doors. Our local law enforcement must be able to coordinate with federal immigration authorities to keep our communities safe. The ACLU and the Attorney General are advocating for policies to turn Massachusetts into a sanctuary state,” Jacob Ventura stated. “As senator, I will immediately file legislation that will provide statutory authority for local law enforcement to cooperate with federal authorities. I applaud the work of our public safety officers, and this legislation will ensure that they are able to uphold their commitment to the communities they serve.”
Ventura is an attorney and is running in the September 19th Republican primary to succeed former State Senator James E. Timilty (D-Walpole). Formerly, Jacob clerked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Control. Jacob has been endorsed by Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, a would-be partner in ensuring coordination between local, state, and federal authorities.