The City Council agreed today to hold a hearing to look into the specific case of an immigrant construction worker whose boss allegedly reported him to ICE, which then arrested him with the help of Boston Police, after the worker was injured on the job and applied for worker's comp.
City Councilor Josh Zakim, who authored a 2014 ordinance that bans Boston Police from turning anybody over to ICE without a criminal warrant, called for the hearing. He cited the "really troubling claims" in a lawsuit filed against the Tara Construction for the alleged snitching - by the federal Department of Labor. He noted it's pretty bad when a Trump-administration department thinks a company went too far in turning in a worker rather than help him get care for a job-related injury.
Zakim added that beyond the Tara case, he wants to look at ways to improve the Boston Trust Act that he proposed, the council passed unanimously and Mayor Walsh signed. He said that Boston Police have "done an outstanding job implementing the letter of the act," but that after five years, it's time to look at ways to improve it.
He added that the act "makes us all safer," because if immigrants feel they can trust local police, they are more likely to talk to them in investigations into crimes.