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You Ask, Patch Answers: Police and Immigration

Find out how Shrewsbury police handle illegal immigrants who are pulled over.

We’re all a little curious.

Driving through town one morning, you may wonder if that vacant building you pass will ever be occupied, why there’s no stoplight at a certain busy intersection, how long it takes to complete a road project or one of a million other questions about your town.

That’s where Patch comes in. With our feature, “You Ask ... Patch Answers,” we will strive to find the answer to all your questions—big, small and in-between—about the town we live and work in. Whether it’s something you’ve always wondered about, some information you just can’t put your hands on or a sudden curiosity, we want to hear it.

Send your queries to Jennifer.Lucarelli@patch.com or leave them in the comments section below, and I will do my best to dig up an answer for you. You also can call me at 508-330-7763.

This week, a reader asked how handle illegal immigrants that have no insurance and drive. Can they ask for there US documentation if not having them, turn over to ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)?

Shrewsbury Police Sgt. Alfred Pratt said that when a driver is pulled over, the police officer checks their driver's license. "If there is a problem with the license, then we detain the driver and check with ICE," he said. "If they want him detained, then we turn them over to ICE. Also, anyone arrested is fingerprinted, so we find out that way if there is an immigration problem and then we contact ICE then as well."

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Ron king March 14, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Jennifer, Thank you for this nice interactive section, and your investigation on this question. Since you give us the police blotter a few times a week, this question seemed to fit well, and the answer was interesting, I know that this is a big issue in some towns like Framingham and Worcester, and may be handled differently there. IE: just let them go, because there are just too many to prosecute.
Jennifer Lucarelli March 14, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Yes, Ron, I've heard the same thing. And the Shrewsbury police said they are very committed to check statuses of immigration and pursue them at the federal level. Please keep the questions coming - I'm here for you in Shrewsbury to ask those burning questions you want to know and I know who to ask in the town or state level as well. Thanks, Ron!

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