With budgets in crisis and the recession showing no signs of abatement, Massachusetts is looking for creative ways to cut prison spending. In a recent Joint Committee on the Judiciary session, Republican lawmakers and a group of sheriffs asked the Committee to support a bill that would require Massachusetts inmates to pay for their time in lock up.
Despite mounting evidence of targeted violence, immigration judges seldom recognize that Mexican nationals have a “well-founded fear of persecution”- the substantive criteria for asylum in the United States.
Last week, Federal District Judge Sharon Blackburn declined to strike major portions of Alabama’s extreme anti-immigrant law, HB 56, making Alabama the state with the strictest immigration laws in the country.
When it was discovered that the perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks entered the US legally with valid visas, immigration enforcement came into the national spotlight. In theory, deportation proceedings are used to kick out the “bad guys” and allow non-dangerous immigrants to remain in the US; however the deportation numbers tell a different story.
Matthew Denice’s tragic death at the hands of a drunk driver is a crime that should be punished. But it is not the single incident upon which public policy should be based.