The following is a statement from Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, Somerville Police Chief David Fallon and Framingham Police Chief Kenneth Ferguson:
Today we join with colleagues from across the country asking Congress to support legislation allowing “young people brought to the United States as children - to remain in the United States and continue contributing to our communities and our nation.”
Individuals previously protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have graduated from our schools and have honorably served our nation in the armed forces. Their stories are inspirational and they are as much members of our communities as we are. We believe they deserve the clarity that can only come with federal legislative action.
A clear and consistent federal immigration policy benefits not only these young men and women as individuals, but our communities as a whole.
We urge Congress to act quickly to find an effective solution to protect these individuals – the vast majority of whom know no other home than the United States.
For further information, please contact:
Middlesex Sheriff’s Office: Brendan Kennedy – 781-960-2851
Boston Police Department: Lt. Mike McCarthy – 617-343-4520
Chelsea Police Department: Chief Brian Kyes – 617-466-4810
Somerville Police Department: Chief David Fallon – 617-625-1600, ext. 7200
Framingham Police Department: Lt. Patricia Grigas – 508-532-5898