Last week the national scope of what we have witnessed in Massachusetts was exhaustively documented by Human Rights Watch, the Constitution Project and TRAC in several new reports. When a factory was raided in neighboring New Bedford, MA two years ago, I was shocked by how quickly Immigration and Customs Enforcement put 200 workers, shackled head to toe, on chartered airliners and flew them to Texas prisons. I have seen how transfer of immigrant detainees denies them their due process rights, and wastes our money.
In response to the New Bedford raid, I decided to do something about the situation faced by my immigrant neighbors in our nation’s detention and enforcement system. I founded the National Immigrant Bond Fund to bail out people in similar situations so that they could have their day in court. Donations go directly to help a detained immigrant post bond. When their case is completed, the money returns to the Bond Fund to help another person.
I later learned that the transfer of the New Bedford factory workers to Texas cost the government $200,000 plus additional costs when they flew 40 back to Massachusetts upon their release on bond. The facts these reports uncover should wake up Americans to just how our tax dollars are being used to deny people a fair day in court. And we should do something about it.