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The Good News

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) tweeted, "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning" in response to a Trump tweetstorm attacking Corker, an early Trump supporter.

Maura Healey is among the 19 attorneys general who filed suit against Trump’s plan to end subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses.

She also pledged to sue the Trump administration over its move to kill the Clean Power Plan limiting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

And Gov. Baker affirmed that Massachusetts is dedicated to meeting Clean Power Plan targets.

Charlottesville activists took the streets in a march for Community Defense Against All Fascism, in response to another ten-minute terrorist photo-op torch rally by Richard Spencer and his followers.

All three Democrats running for Mass governor joined together in downtown Boston to collect signatures to put the millionaire’s tax on the 2018 ballot.

Nancy Pelosi nailed Trump’s newest anti-immigrant proposals. “They are not principles, they are trash.”

30,000 Israelis and Palestinians participated in a Women Wage Peace rally.

Russell Okung of the L.A. Chargers is building a coalition of players to stand up to owners and fight racial injustice.

The Utah police officer whose manhandling of a nurse protecting a patient’s privacy went viral has been fired.

At least 16 of the 17 pro sports teams that stayed at Trump properties in recent years are no longer customers.

Javier Flores Garcia returned to his wife and three children after 11 months of sanctuary in a Philadelphia church. He was granted a waiver deferring deportation while his immigration case moves forward.

A new package of U.S. disaster assistance sailed through the House despite President Trump’s expressed impatience with devoting federal resources to the recovery of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

The Massachusetts Senate voted to ban bump stocks and trigger cranks (two attachments that increase the firing rate of a weapon) the day after the Mass. House passed a bump stock ban. The versions must be reconciled before a final bill goes to Charlie Baker, who has said he would sign it.

The chairs of the Mass Financial Services Committee asked the Center for Health Information Analysis to expedite its mandated cost analysis of the ACCESS contraceptive bill so that the legislature can consider the bill soon.

The National Women’s Law Center announced a new Legal Network for Gender Equity staffed by 73 lawyers to aggressively defend women and girls from sex discrimination in the workplace, schools, and the health care system.

The Office of Congressional Ethics reported that there’s substantial reason to believe that New York Rep. Chris Collins, one of Trump's strongest congressional allies, violated federal law in insider stock trading.

On Columbus Day, people in New York City, Pittsburgh, protested for the holiday to be renamed Indigenous People’s Day. The Boston protest took place the Saturday before.

Bloomberg Philanthropies is donating $64 million to help the Sierra Club’s campaign to close two-thirds of U.S coal-fired plants by 2020.

The judge who ordered Dreamhost to turn over data about protesters said this week that information on third-party users must be redacted to protect their identities

India’s supreme court ruled sex with a girl under 18 is considered rape, regardless of whether she is married or not. Girls who are raped by their husbands can now bring charges within one year of the offense.

Pope Francis said the death penalty is "inadmissible" and called for church doctrine to prohibit it, the church's strongest comments yet on the issue.

Governor Jerry Brown and California lawmakers took a big step to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for skyrocketing prescription drug prices by passing a law that will require drug makers to notify the public ahead of price hikes, provide a detailed explanation for the increases, and file annual reports outlining how drug costs impact health care premiums.

Hustler's Larry Flynt placed a full-page ad in the Washington Post offering $10 million for information leading to Trump's impeachment and removal from office.

Robert Mueller’s team interviewed Reince Preibus Friday, another sign the investigation is reaching into the highest levels of Trump’s aides and former aides.

Paul Manafort is linked to entities that engaged in a previously unreported $26 million loan with a company owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire with reported ties to the Kremlin, according to an NBC News investigation. This brings the total of their known business dealings to around $60 million over the past decade.

Compiled with lots of help, and even more inspiration, from the amazing Abby Brockman.

Actions 10/9 and 10/10

Lots of repeats, because lots of bills we support need an extra push—and at Indivisible Somerville, we don’t give up.


Passing the ACCESS (Advancing Contraceptive Coverage and Economic Security in our State) bill, H.536/S.499—which guarantees coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs, devices, and supplies, including sterilization, without a copay—is even more critical, now that the Trump administration has gutted the ACA requirement for employer health plans to pay for birth control. For more information on the bill, see this guide from NARAL.

Let’s urge our our legislators to pressure the chairs of the Joint Committee on Financial Services, where the bill is under consideration, to report ACCESS out favorably as soon as possible so that it can go to the floor for a vote. Three Somerville/Cambridge legislators are members of the committee—Senator Sal N. DiDomenico and Representatives Marjorie C. Decker and Christine P. Barber.

Tell Congress to lift the Jones Act for Puerto Rico. The 3.5 million Americans there needs help, and the Jones Act is a major obstacle to their receiving aid in a timely, cost-effective way. It levies tariffs, fees, and taxes on foreign registry vessels, and the extra costs get passed on to the Puerto Rican consumer. Trump’s 10-day exemption has already expired, so let’s use this tool from Our Revolution, complete with talking points and phone numbers, to tell our congressional representatives to remove this impediment to Puerto Rican recovery.


Thanks to public pressure, several major environment bills—including increasing the Massachusetts renewable energy mix (H.2700, S.1880), carbon pricing (H.1726, S.1821), and removing the solar net metering cap (H.2706)—had positive hearings, with an outpouring of support from citizens and members of the legislature. They’re all sitting in the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy now, waiting to be reported out.

It’s time to contact our legislators and ask them to pressure the committee chairs to report the bills out favorably and bring them to the floor for a vote.

SCRIPT: Hello my name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY] to ask the [senator/representative] to pressure the chairs of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy to report out favorably several environment bills whose hearings showed overwhelming support. The bills I’m concerned with are H.2700, S.1880, S.1821, H1726, and H.2706. I appreciate your support in moving along these important protections for our environment.

For extra credit, you might call the committee chairs themselves, Senator Michael J. Barrett (617-722-1572) and Representative Thomas A. Golden (617-722-2263).

Let’s ask our friends and family members in other states to tell their legislators to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a successful program with wide congressional and popular support, which Congress nevertheless allowed to expire on September 30. CHIP provides health insurance, and thus health care, to nearly 9 million children nationwide through federally funded, state-administered block grants, and some states have already begun to run short of funds. Direct your friends to the Indivisible Team’s CHIP page, where they’ll find information about when their states’ funds will run out, as well as a script for calling Congress.

The Good News

After months of campaigning by housing rights activists, Boston City Council approved the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act, which will inform tenants facing evictions of their rights and protections under state law. This is a huge win for local activism!

The Mass. Senate is poised to consider a wide-ranging criminal justice bill that would reform everything from the bail system to mandatory minimum sentences and fees and penalties that weigh heavily on low-income defendants.

The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, a coalition of 17 insurance providers, has backed the ACCESS bill for comprehensive contraceptive access. They’d previously opposed the bill.

The Cambridge City Council unanimously passed an order to create a fund that would reimburse DACA application costs for Cambridge residents.

Judges keep ruling that the Trump team’s attempts to wipe out significant chunks of the Obama environmental legacy violate federal law. This week, a federal court ruled that the administration broke the law when it tried to delay compliance with rules curbing so-called flaring, a technique oil and gas companies use to burn off leaking methane.

Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. were close to being charged with felony fraud in 2012 over misleading prospective buyers of units in the Trump SoHo. When Trump’s attorney intervened, the charges magically disappeared. This story came to light as the result of intensive investigative reporting by ProPublica, WNYC, and The New Yorker—and that in itself is good news.

In a sharp rebuke to President Trump’s expanded deportation orders, California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark “sanctuary state” legislation vastly limiting whom state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities.

Ben & Jerry’s has signed an agreement with farmworker leaders from Migrant Justice ensuring that all dairy farms that supply them with milk provide humane conditions and fair wages for their workers and creating an enforcement strategy that encourages workers to speak up about violations.

36-year-old progressive Democratic candidate and Morehouse alum Randall Woodfin became the youngest mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, this week, defeating the two-term Republican incumbent by a near 20-point margin.

An Interior Department executive turned whistleblower who claimed the Trump administration reassigned him for disclosing how climate change affects Alaska Native communities resigned this week. Dozens of other senior executive service personnel were suddenly reassigned in June, and the department’s inspector general is probing whether those reassignments were legal.

The inspector general for the Interior Department has opened an investigation into Secretary Ryan Zinke’s travel during seven months in office, from his use of taxpayer-funded charter and military planes to his mixing of official trips with political appearances.

The EPA inspector general’s office announced that it planned to expand a preliminary investigation into Scott Pruitt’s air travel.

Four organizations—the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Women's Law Center, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State—announced lawsuits against the Trump administration’s new rules allowing employers to drop insurance coverage for contraception, less than two hours after they implemented the changes.

And Maura Healey announced that day that she’ll immediately sue the Trump administration over the new regulation.

Massachusetts’ only Confederate memorial, which has been boarded up for four months, will be removed from Georges Island after Columbus Day weekend.

A Texas judge ruled against Trump's voter fraud commission, saying state officials would violate state privacy laws if they provided voters’ personal information to commission members.

An attorney for the state of Hawaii said in a letter to the Supreme Court that the state is planning to challenge President Trump’s new travel ban. The ACLU and other advocacy organizations have also announced they’ll challenge the ban.

Global organization Oxfam criticized the U.S. government's “slow and inadequate response” to the crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The organization will pursue a two-pronged approach to help the island, advocating for an overall improved response to the disaster and supporting local affiliates who are on site in Puerto Rico and can provide relief.

Puerto Rico’s governor has proposed switching the island over to a microgrid system that would localize the production of electricity to smaller regions, each of which would be powered by a small-scale power plant, such as a compact solar array or a few wind turbines.

A German provider of energy-storage systems will install microgrids to provide electricity for at least 15 emergency relief centers in Puerto Rico.

Two charities cleaning thousands of bikes left behind at Burning Man plan to donate them to hurricane victims.

While Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch spoke patronizingly about gerrymandering, trying to make the argument that the Supreme Court couldn’t involve itself in issues of redistricting on a state level, Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg shut him down with just eight words: ““Where did ‘one person, one vote’ come from?” Her response invoked previous court precedents that made it clear that the court could tell states how to run their elections to ensure fairness and equality. And Justice Sotomayor grilled Wisconsin’s attorneys with tough and pointed questions.

Two former officials who worked on the sign-up campaigns for ACA health insurance exchanges when Barack Obama was president launched an initiative called Get America Covered to stand in for the administration's dramatically scaled-back efforts and get the word out about enrollment season. You'll want to follow them on Twitter.

Congress passed the bipartisan Women, Peace, and Security Act making it a core priority for U.S. diplomatic, development, and military personnel to include women in preventing and resolving conflicts.

People stood in lines hundreds deep across Nevada to donate blood for victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) plans to introduce bipartisan legislation to ban the device the Las Vegas shooter used to make semi-automatic weapons fire more rapidly. Legislation to ban bump stocks has gathered bipartisan support rapidly over the past few days.

Rex Tillerson called Trump a "fucking moron" and nearly resigned this summer, according to NBC News. In response to the story, Tillerson denied considering resignation but did not deny the moron comment.

Representative Tim Murphy, a leading abortion opponent, announced he won’t run again after a story surfaced that the married Republican had asked a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair to get an abortion.

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who sits on the Senate Budget Committee, said he will not vote for a tax plan “adding one penny to the deficit.” This could be a major obstacle for the GOP tax plan.

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) criticized the Trump tax-reform framework after a think tank issued a report finding that many middle-class taxpayers could see their taxes go up.

A transgender woman who was beaten and threatened with death when she refused to collect extortion money for a Guatemalan drug cartel, was raped and tortured by Guatemalan police, and received death threats from coworkers because of her gender identity gained asylum in the U.S. this week after advocacy by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Hundreds of conservative grassroots supporters streamed into Washington, D.C. to rally for renewable energy and tell Congress why it’s critical to the county’s future.

TransCanada killed its controversial $15.7-billion Energy East pipeline proposal.

The Justice Department plans to unveil a new initiative to increase protections for women facing sexual harassment by landlords, security guards and other rental property staff

The City of San Francisco expanded its recycling program for the first time in 15 years so that residents can now put empty paper cups, paper cartons, plastic bags and bubble wrap into their blue bins.

The dean of Harvard Medical School (HMS) sent an email saying that HMS will now be recognizing "Columbus Day" as Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Saying he can “no longer stay silent” about police brutality, Michael Jordan donated $1 million each to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations.

State Street Corporation, parent company of the investment firm behind Wall Street’s Fearless Girl statue, agreed to pay a combined $5 million to more than 300 women and 15 black employees who were paid less than their white, male counterparts. Looks like the statue is inspiring them as well!

General Electric announced it’s working toward an all-electric, zero-emissions future, with two new fully electric models next year and at least 18 more by 2023.

The Senate Judiciary Chairman said there’s no way to avoid a public hearing for Donald Trump Jr., and Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr said, "Before this is over with, we will know everything about the Don Jr. meeting.”

Robert Mueller's investigators met with the author of the Trump dossier, Christopher Steele, this past summer as part of an effort to learn if people associated with the Trump campaign and suspected Russian operatives broke any laws.

Trump's associates had two more previously undisclosed contacts with Russia during the 2016 campaign, according to documents turned over to congressional committees and the special counsel. Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was invited to a conference in Russia that would be attended by Putin and he received a second proposal for a Trump-branded Moscow project during the campaign. Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, low-level foreign policy advisers, and now Cohen were all contacted by Russians with interests in business and politics in the weeks before or after Trump accepted the nomination.

Compiled with much help, and even more inspiration, from the amazing Abby Brockman.

The Good News

Mass Senate President Stan Rosenberg says he "absolutely" supports the objectives of the Safe Communities Act.

John McCain will vote no on Graham-Cassidy. “I cannot in good conscience vote for Graham-Cassidy. A bill impacting so many lives deserves a bipartisan approach.”

Mystic Valley Regional Charter School’s Board finally agreed to Attorney General Maura Healey’s demand that they modify the school’s discriminatory hair and makeup policy.

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo secured, through individual donors and organizations, more than $170,000 to cover the fees for DACA applications from the state’s 250 Dreamers.

CNN has hired Preet Bharara, whom President Donald Trump fired as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, as Senior Legal Analyst and Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics who resigned under Trump, as a contributor.

Volunteer efforts that saved thousands of books from a Mosul library destroyed by Isis were celebrated by 3000 to 4000 people at a reading festival just months after the occupation ended.

Six Dreamers sued the Trump administration over the DACA reversal in one of several lawsuits challenging the decision, including two cases brought by state attorneys general.

The inspector general's office of the Department of Health and Human Services is reviewing Tom Price’s taxpayer-funded travel on private jets. He'll stop his taxpayer-funded travel on private jets pending the inspector general's review.

Jerry Brown and several other U.S. governors met with international and U.N. leaders to assure other countries that they, along with hundreds of cities and businesses, remain committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the goals of the Paris accord.

In his speech before the U.N. General Assembly, Justin Trudeau issued a rallying cry for the fight against climate change, saying "There is no country on the planet that can walk away from the challenge and reality of climate change."

Nicaragua plans to sign the Paris agreement soon, President Daniel Ortega told state media, leaving the U.S. and Syria the only two nations refusing to support the deal.

Attorneys general from 41 states, including Massachusetts, are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry, looking at marketing and sales practices to find out whether the industry's own actions worsened the epidemic

Two of Trump’s lawyers discussed Russia loudly at an outdoor table at a busy restaurant near the New York Times Washington bureau, and a Times reporter heard it all.

The Washington Post article listing ten Trump lawyer missteps—any one of which, it says, “is highly unusual for a lawyer, or really any public official”—was sparked by the incident of the restaurant conversation, but it had to be updated as more screw-ups occurred.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is co-chairing an effort to elect more Democratic women as attorneys general, with the goal of electing women to 50% of democratically elected attorney general seats by the end of 2022.

Mayor Walsh plans to throw his support behind a campaign by Boston tech entrepreneur Paul English to commission a monument to Martin Luther King Jr. on Boston Common or another prominent location.

After the policeman who killed Anthony Lamar Smith was acquitted, thousands of people showed up in solidarity with Smith and his family—and continued showing up for several days while the only synagogue in St. Louis gave shelter, food, and water to protesters escaping police violence.

Amid protests in St. Louis over the acquittal of a white police officer accused of murdering a black man after a car chase, eight-year-olds on a youth football team in Illinois decided to take a knee during a pregame rendition of the national anthem.

Here’s a sample of the opposition to the vile Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill: The AMA; American Hospital Association; America's Essential Hospitals; six doctors’ groups (the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Psychiatric Association); AARP; Blue Cross Blue Shield groups; and the powerful insurance lobby America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). This is the first version of Trumpcare AHIP has opposed.

The bipartisan Medicaid Directors from all 50 states sharply criticized the bill as unworkable and deeply destructive.

A bipartisan group of ten governors, including Charlie Baker and Alaska Governor Bill Walker, sent a strongly worded letter to Senate leaders voicing their opposition to Graham-Cassidy. "Only open, bipartisan approaches can achieve true, lasting reforms."

A group of six major doctor, hospital, and insurance groups released a joint statement condemning Graham-Cassidy. Quite a feat to unite all sides of the health-care system to speak as one.

Louisiana's Secretary of Health blasted Louisiana Senator Cassidy’s bill.

Jimmy Kimmel’s attacks on Senator Bill Cassidy and the Graham-Cassidy bill garnered lots of attention and lots of pushback, and he took the pushback as an invitation to double down on the bill and its sponsor.

California filed a lawsuit over the Trump plan for a border wall, contending that the wall violates federal environmental standards as well as constitutional provisions regarding the separation of powers and states’ rights.

New Jersey reduced crime while reducing the number of people jailed before trial.

The ACLU plans to launch a project taking on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s policies in his home state. They’ll kick off the “Let People Vote” campaign, in Lawrence, KS, with discussions on voting rights and Kobach’s “election integrity” commission, and they'll mobilize people to organize their own communities.

Nearly 2,900 companies have declared Breitbart off limits since November thanks to Sleeping Giants’ campaign, with the help of its 109,000 Twitter followers and 35,000 Facebook followers, to flag Breitbart advertisers along with an image of the sponsors’ ad next to a Breitbart story.

Oregon added 375,000 voters to the state’s rolls in the year and a half since automatic voter registration went into effect.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order prohibiting police from asking about people’s immigration status in most cases.

The pro-Trump “Mother of All Rallies” in D.C. drew only about 200 people.

Three members of Congress were arrested in a Make the Road demonstration supporting a clean DREAM Act.

The US will be receiving 50 refugees through the agreement with Australia that Trump called dumb.

Marie Le Pen’s top aide, widely credited with bolstering the National Front’s image, resigned to spare himself what he called the humiliation of continuing to work for Le Pen.

Robert Mueller requested details on Trump's most scrutinized actions, including his Oval Office meeting with Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak the day after the firing of James Comey, as well as documents concerning the firing of Mike Flynn and the administration's response to news of the Trump Tower meeting organized by Donald Trump Jr. The document requests provide the clearest proof yet that several aspects of his inquiry are focused squarely on Mr. Trump’s behavior in the White House.

Mueller has interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about the Comey firing.

Details of recorded communications obtained via a FISA-authorized wiretap of Paul Manafort last year have been provided to Robert Mueller.

When Federal agents raided Manafort's Virginia home in July, Mueller's prosecutors told Manafort they planned to indict him. Mueller's team has subpoenaed several Manafort associates.

While managing Donald Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort offered to provide private briefings on the presidential race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin.

Manafort also used his presidential campaign email account to correspond with a Ukrainian political operative with suspected Russian ties, seeking repayment for work he did in Ukraine and discussing potential opportunities in the country.

On Friday, when Trump ripped into players who protest during the national anthem, #TakeaKnee immediately started to trend on Twitter. Notable responses so far: Oakland A's catcher Bruce Maxwell, son of an Army Vet, born on a military base, became the first major league baseball player to take a knee during the national anthem, and teammate Mark Canha placed his hand on Maxwell's shoulder in a show of support. Saturday night, Stevie Wonder, performing at the Global Citizens Festival in New York’s Central Park, said he was “taking a knee for America” to cheers from the crowd, and with the help of his son, he knelt down on stage.

In London, at the first NFL game after Trump's remarks, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens locked arms, and about half of both teams' players took a knee during the national anthem. Ravens Coach John Harbaugh joined his players, linking arms, and Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis took a knee. Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, who contributed $1 million to the Trump inauguration, locked arms with his players in what is believed to be the first visible participation in by a league owner.

When Stephen Curry said he voted “no” to visiting the White House, Trump uninvited the NBA-champion Golden State Warriors, and the team said they would use their trip to Washington to “celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion.” Later that day, the University of North Carolina's 2017 national championship men’s basketball team announced that they won't visit the White House.

Compiled with much help, and even more inspiration, from the amazing Abby Brockman.

Massachusetts Safe Communities Act

The Trump administration’s immigration enforcement agenda raises serious public safety, public health, economic, and civil rights concerns for all Massachusetts communities and far-reaching consequences for immigrants. How can we protect the safety and rights of our immigrant neighbors and ensure safer communities for all?

The Safe Communities Act (SCA)

The SCA (S1305, H3269) protects residents of every Massachusetts community by ensuring:

  • By making sure that state, local, and campus police do not participate in federal immigration enforcement actions, it guarantees that state and local resources go to prevent crime rather than break up families.
  • It prohibits agreements with DHS that deputize local officers as immigration agent, with all the expenses paid by Massachusetts taxpayers.
  • It ensures basic due process rights to anyone being detained for civil immigration violations
  • It denies state support to any federal registry based on national origin, religion, or other protected characteristics.
Why does Indivisible Somerville support the SCA?

The SCA will prevent Massachusetts from turning into a police state. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has deported large numbers of residents, many of them guilty of no crime. ICE has been breaking up families, separating parents from citizen children, and depriving communities of hard-working, productive residents. President Trump is attempting to pressure local police to work for ICE in carrying out these actions. That’s characteristic of how a police state works.

The SCA ensures local taxpayer resources aren’t wasted. It protects us from paying salaries, overtime, and training for our police to enforce federal laws. The Safe Community Act ensures local tax dollars go to help our communities, not to enforce the administration’s will.

The SCA creates safer communities for all. It will promote clarity and consistency in policies and procedures statewide. The current patchwork of local approaches is confusing and dangerous for law enforcement and immigrants alike. When uncertain of their rights, immigrants are suspicious of the police, less likely to report crimes, and afraid to testify as victims or witnesses.

The Major Cities Chiefs Association believes that involving local police with federal immigration enforcement efforts would “result in increased crime against immigrants and in the broader community, create a class of silent victims, and eliminate the potential for assistance from immigrants in solving crimes or preventing future terroristic acts.” Data show that jurisdictions with community policing policies that limit collaboration with ICE have lower rates of violent crime and property crime than jurisdictions without these policies, and that immigrants are more law-abiding than the native-born.

The SCA doesn’t prevent ICE from enforcing immigration laws. That's the federal government's job, not the job of local and state government or police. Nothing in the Safe Communities Act prevents police from communicating with ICE, the FBI, or other federal agencies about anyone in police custody. This is a regular part of the booking practice, and the SCA doesn’t change that.

Immigrants strengthen our economy. 21% of all Massachusetts entrepreneurs are immigrants. Foreign-born entrepreneurs generate nearly $2 billion in business income and employ over 134,000 people in the state. 58% of Massachusetts-based Fortune 500 businesses were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants. Immigrants contribute $4.5 billion in federal and $3 billion in local and state tax revenues, plus $4.6 billion into Social Security and Medicare. In sanctuary communities, median household annual income is $4,353 higher, the poverty rate is 2.3% lower, and labor force participation rate is 2.5% higher than in other communities.

Without immigrants, the U.S. workforce is predicted to fall from 173.2 million in 2015 to 165.6 million in 2035. The economy will shrink, we’ll be poorer, and we won’t have enough younger workers to pay entitlement benefits for retired baby boomers. “If you want to pick a policy to go from 2% to 3% growth or 3% to 4 %,” said economist Mark Zandi at a recent forum on the New England economy, “the single best way to get there is immigration.”

The SCA will NOT jeopardize federal funding. The nationwide injunction by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California prohibited the federal government from acting against "sanctuary jurisdictions," saying it violates the 10th and 5th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Compiled by Mary Wasmuth and Abby Brockman.