Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has made a sudden about turn in his policies towards crime and immigration, announcing that he’s withdrawing Boston’s police from the Secure Communities program. Communities that participate in the program cross-reference fingerprints from arrestees with federal immigration databases in order to find illegal immigrants. According to Menino, this process has cut down trust and communication between police and the immigrant communities and spreads fear that causes some illegals not to report when they’ve been victims of crimes. This is a sudden change from just a month ago when Menino defended the practice and said that it was helping to fight violent crime.
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