Barnstable County Sheriff Jim Cummings has shared the statement he sent to the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security in Boston:
"Dear Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security:
I urge you to vote against these Bill(s) as they will not make our communities safer, but will make them unsafe by putting dangerous criminals back into our communities to commit further crimes against our citizens whom we have been elected to protect.
The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office has been operating a 287g program for jails for the past few years. This program works entirely within the Jail and House of Correction. Individuals arrested for a criminal offense in Barnstable County and brought before the Court who are held on bail or without bail by a judge have their immigration status further checked by trained Deputy Sheriffs. Should the arrestee be found to be deportable that process is begun while the State criminal charges are being adjudicated. Bottom line is the 287g program for jails prevents illegal criminal aliens from being released back into the community to commit more crime, putting our citizens in danger and making our communities unsafe for all.
Any Legislation that prohibits Law Enforcement agencies from working together in this day and age defies common sense. Please for the safety of all, this Legislation should be voted ought not to pass.
James M. Cummings, Sheriff
Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office
6000 Sheriff’s Place
Bourne, MA 02532"