Walsh says he will sign Trust Act limiting detainment of illegal immigrants


BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Wednesday that he would sign legislation limiting law enforcement from detaining and deporting illegal immigrants.

If Boston City Council passed such legislation, known as the Trust Act, Walsh said that he would approve it. The law would prohibit Boston police officers from keeping illegal immigrants detained so that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents could deport them, unless the immigrant had committed a serious crime.

Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim will introduce the bill, which has not yet been filed.

The bill would require that "the city does not pull people simply for civil immigration violation," Zakim told FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti.

Zakim said that "public safety is always a top concern," but that the city also has to think about the families of illegal immigrants.

In May, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone signed a version of the Trust Act in that city.