Young Democratic Socialists of Boston College released a statement calling for Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police William B. Evans to step down on Sunday in response to reports that he signed a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when he was the commissioner of the Boston Police Department in 2014. The collaboration occurred in spite of Boston’s status as a sanctuary city.
A WBUR report on Oct. 25 announced that they had acquired more than 800 pages of documents demonstrating regular communication between the Boston Police Department and ICE. These communications included emails about arrests made for nonviolent, low-level crimes, such as shoplifting and trespassing.
According to one document, Evans signed a contract with former U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent Bruce Foucart in October 2014. The contract establishes that certain BPD employees would take on some of the roles and duties of customs officers, with some exceptions.
The collaboration between BPD and ICE occurred after the passage of Boston Trust Act by the Boston City Council in August 2014, which stated that city police will not hold suspects at the request of ICE officials unless there is a court-ordered warrant or the suspect has committed a violent crime.
“As an institution that purports to adhere to a set of Jesuit, Catholic values, the university cannot have a person in charge of public safety who collaborated with ICE, an agency that terrorizes, separates, and deports immigrant families,” said the YDSA statement.