Sen. Fattman Votes Against 'Sanctuary City' Amendment

In a late Wednesday night vote, the State Senate adopted an amendment in the state budget that would create a "sanctuary state" immigration policy, and State Senator Ryan Fattman, R-Sutton, voted against it, he announced on Friday.

In a late Wednesday night vote, the State Senate adopted an amendment in the state budget that would create a "sanctuary state" immigration policy, and State Senator Ryan Fattman, R-Sutton, voted against it, he announced on Friday.

The move to incorporate a substantial policy change in the budget, which would "effectively prohibit any communication between local public safety officials with federal immigration services," was not supported by. Fattman, who represents the Worcester and Norfolk districts. The district includes Mendon and Milford. 

Fattman also filed a counter measure that would allow police to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, and detain illegal immigrants who commit heinous crimes, said the release.

"It's common sense to give our police the tools to keep our communities safe and keep dangerous people off the streets, whether that person is here legally or not, no one is above the law," said Fattman in a statement. "My amendment isn't targeting families or children who are here by circumstance, or fleeing their country of origin, we are talking about dangerous people who have committed serious crimes," said Fattman.

Fattman said his amendment would reinstate policy that was adhered to by both republican and democrat administrations. The standard used for detaining someone was originally promulgated by the Obama Administration, he said.


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