Monday, June 23, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Recent media reports have confirmed that at least six commercial, agency-owned charter flights have transported immigration detainees from the United States’ southern border to Hanscom Air Force Base and Logan International Airport. According to these same reports, Governor Patrick was not notified of this unilateral operation.
“We are deeply concerned about the potential impacts of the policy of ICE transporting immigration detainees to Massachusetts and then transferring them to Department of Homeland Security facilities or elsewhere,” wrote Senate Republicans.
The questions posed in the letter by the caucus aim to discover if there is any validity to these recent media reports, and whether the issue demands further action. Their questions include:
- When was the policy of transferring immigration detainees to Massachusetts by ICE instituted and who authorized this policy?
- To what extent, if any, were members of the Patrick administration briefed on this policy?
- Where are the immigration detainees currently being held?
- After being transferred to Department of Homeland Security facilities, are the immigration detainees remanded to the custody of the federal government, or are they released pending further action? If they are released, what conditions or restrictions are put on them?
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
To donate, volunteer, or learn more about the Relay for Life Organization and the American Cancer Society please click here. To learn more about the Cape Ann Relay for Life, please click here to visit the community’s page. Posted below are several pictures I captured of last Friday’s event.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
When I am called to duty, God,
wherever flames may rage,
give me strength to save a life,
whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child
before it is too late,
or save an older person from
the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert,
and hear the weakest shout,
quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling,
to give the best in me,
to guard my friend and neighbor,
and protect his property.
And if according to Your will
I must answer death's call,
bless with your protecting hand,
my family one and all.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
However, in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision and a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision, juveniles can no longer be sentenced to life in prison without the option of parole citing the 8th Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment clause. The retroactive rulings now require juveniles convicted of first degree murder to serve at least 15 years after their conviction for parole eligibility, which is the same for an individual convicted of second degree murder.
In response to those rulings, I sponsored a bill setting parole for juveniles convicted of first degree murder at 35 years. The bicameral and bipartisan bill, which has 32 co-sponsors, has the support of the District Attorneys Association. To read more about the bill, please click here to read a previous blog post.
Tune in at 5:00pm to watch tonight’s Fox 25 segment.
Thursday, June 5, 2014