The City Council today approved a "trust act" under which Boston Police would be barred from holding people on "civil detainer" requests from ICE.
The measure now goes to Mayor Walsh, who has said he would sign it.
Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) said the measure would prove welcome relief to many people in his district who today do not report crimes for fear of being held for ICE
"My poor residents are getting robbed, they're getting assaulted, they're getting beaten and raped, and they don't report it," for fear of being turned over to the federal government, he said.
Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester), praised the proposal, introduced by Councilor Josh Zakim (Mission Hill, Fenway, Back Bay). He said the Pilgrims were not documented and recalled the days when such a measure might have faced opposition in the council.
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