Should Massachusetts Police Act Like ICE Agents?
The debate continues over whether local and state police should cooperate with — or act as proxies for — federal immigration authorities. Several of the state's biggest cities, including Boston, Somerville, Cambridge and Newton, do not share information with federal immigration officials. In 2017, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled court officers cannot detain anyone solely for immigration violations.
But last September, the SJC decided not to ban the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers themselves from making arrests in courthouses. Now, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins is criticizing the recent detention of a defendant at a Boston court house by ICE agents. Lawmakers and activists are will rally in front of the State House Wednesday in support of a re-introduced Safe Communities Act, which would bar law enforcement from sharing information with ICE.
To discuss these immigration issues on the state level, Jim Braude was joined by Democratic state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, the sponsor of the Safe Communities Act; and Geoff Diehl, a former Republican state representative who ran for U.S. Senate against Elizabeth Warren last November.
Jabari Asim On How White Lies Affect Black Lives
From the election of Rep. Ayanna Pressley, the first African-American woman to join the Massachusetts congressional delegation, to the Black Lives Matter movement bringing broader public attention to racial profiling, there are signs of progress on racial justice matters. But according to author Jabari Asim, much remains to be done. In his new book, Asim examines this country’s history of racial oppression and the ways in which black Americans have responded with tenacity.
Jim Braude was joined by Asim to discuss "We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival."
Turner & Constable
The rivalry between two of England's most famous landscape painters is moving from the 19th century to modern-day. And as Arts Editor Jared Bowen reports, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown is playing host.
IMHO: Anti-Vaxxer Outbreak
Jim Braude shares his thoughts on why people need to stop making ‘religious exemption’ excuses for not vaccinating their kids – and just do it, for everyone’s sake.