Photo by Laura Rótolo: A child holds a sign saying “Don’t take my Dad,” after a raid on immigrants in Lowell, Massachusetts in 2008. Residents of the Greater Boston area: Tell your police chief not to support President Trump’s deportation machine According to news sources, an unknown number of police departments in the Greater Boston area received this message last week: “Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Port of Boston is currently in the process of securing overnight bed space in detention facilities operated by local police departments…” They want local police to rent out jail cells to hold immigrants until CBP can kick them out of the country. This is part of the Trump administration’s plan to ramp up deportations. The leaked letter confirms a strategy of increasing the kind of fast deportations that don’t give the person an opportunity to make their case in front of an immigration judge. Ask your local police department if they have received such a request and let them know that you oppose any entanglement with Trump’s deportation machine. 1. Find and call your local police department Arlington: 781-316-3900 Brookline: 617-730-2222 Burlington: 781-272-1212 Cambridge: 617-349-3300 Everett: 617-394-2364 Lexington: 781-862-1212 Medford: 781-395-1212 Melrose: 781-665-1212 Newton: 617-796-2100 Quincy: 617-479-1212 Revere: 781-284-1212 Stoneham: 781-438-1215 Waltham: 781-893-3700 Watertown: 617-972-6500 Winchester: 781-729-5429 Winthrop: 617-846-1212 Woburn: 781-932-4510 2. Voice your concerns Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a [CITY/TOWN] resident. I understand that the federal Customs and Border Protection agency has asked police departments in our area for permission to use local detention beds to hold people who have just arrived in the U.S. until they can be deported. I’m deeply concerned about local police getting involved in immigration enforcement. Question 1: Can you tell me if [CITY/TOWN] has received such a request? Question 2: Would the [CITY/TOWN] police department ever consider agreeing to such a request? If the answer to Question 2 is NO: Thank you. Please tell the Chief that I’m glad to know [CITY/TOWN] police won’t participate in this program. Thank you. If the answer to Question 2 is YES or I DON’T KNOW: Please tell the Chief that I want to see [CITY/TOWN] police focus on community safety and not spend local resources to help deport people. Thank you. 3. Share your feedback with us Your feedback informs our advocacy. Tell us what happened when you made the call.