Thank you for reporting in detail on my petition article for Fall Town Meeting, which calls for the Town of Falmouth to endorse Police Chief Dunne’s “Mission, Core Values and Vision Statement” and his “Message from the Police Chief Regarding the DHS-ICE Secure Communities Program.” As you state, the warrant article and Chief Dunne’s message affirm that Falmouth law enforcement agencies “have no authority to enforce federal civil immigration laws”; those tasks are the responsibility of federal law enforcement agencies, including DHS and ICE.
However, I believe that The Falmouth Enterprise article (September 6) is misleading when it claims the warrant article would “bar all town officials, including police officers, from enforcing Federal immigration laws” because it implies that town officials now have that power. They do not, which the Supreme Judicial Court made clear in Lunn v. Commonwealth (477 Mass 517 ). The resolution simply calls for local law enforcement and town officials to comply with state and federal laws, and the US Constitution, as our Falmouth Police Department has already affirmed, and which I hope we will support at Town Meeting.
Sandra L. Faiman-Silva