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Lawrence immigration policy not supported by mayor

By allowing his 10-day review of the Lawrence Trust Act, passed by the City Council on Aug. 11, to expire without his signature, Mayor Daniel Rivera has allowed the measure to go into effect. The new ordinance, passed by the council with a 7-2 vote — enough to override a veto — blocks local police from cooperating with federal deportation programs. In a statement, Rivera said he does not support the trust act because "I can't support any effort that takes tools off the table for our police department." Lawrence police have said the new ordinance will not change department policies or procedures because, even prior to passage, officers did not aid immigration officials in the pursuit of undocumented immigrants whose most serious crime is their immigration status.

Brenda J. Buote can be reached at brenda.buote@gmail.com.