US Attorney In MA: Expect Tougher Immigration Enforcement

Jan 25, 2018

The new U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts says people can expect to see more aggressive immigration enforcement out of his office.

The new U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling.
Credit United States Department of Justice

That's in line with priorities outlined by the Trump administration.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said this week that increases in immigration enforcement may come in two ways: First, tacking on additional immigration charges to cases that end up in federal court already, like drug trafficking. And second, more immigration cases dealing with marriage fraud and illegal re-entry into the country after deportation.  
Susan Church, a Cambridge-based immigration attorney, called it a solution in search of a problem.

"The idea of adding charges to people already charged in federal court, I mean talk about a waste of time, effort, money and energy," Church said in response to Lelling's comments.

This report comes from the New England News Collaborative, eight public media companies coming together to tell the story of a changing region.

Lelling says his office will also continue to prioritize serious criminals who are here illegally.