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Posted Friday, December 17, 2010
|Mass. to check
immigration status of arrestees
Massachusetts State Police and other law enforcement agencies will join a
controversial program intended to help federal authorities detect illegal
immigrants, a top state public safety official said today. Related Survey: Do
you agree with the program?
Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan said Massachusetts will sign an
agreement to formally join Secure Communities, a federal program that screens
all people who are arrested and fingerprinted to determine who is an illegal
immigrant. Those here illegally will be reported to US Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, which will decide whether to detain and deport them.
|By Maria Sacchetti,
State officials said they agreed to sign up because the Obama administration has
demanded that the system expand nationwide by 2013. Boston, which already runs
the program, was a pilot for the system. However, state officials complained
that the US government has sent them mixed signals on the system.
The move marks a shift for the Patrick administration, which had adamantly
opposed having the State Police help enforce immigration law. In one of his
first acts as governor, Patrick overturned former Governor Mitt Romney's pact
with the federal government to deputize some state troopers to enforce
“Over the last year we have received conflicting information from ICE relative
to the program. It has become clear now that this program is going to be
mandatory for all communities in the near future,” Heffernan said today in a
statement. “With that knowledge we will sign the (memorandum of understanding)
with ICE. We will also work closely with all communities to monitor the
implementation and share with federal officials any concerns that are raised.”
Attorney General Martha Coakley said she supported the governor's decision to
join the program.
"It is a positive step for public safety to ensure that we are properly
identifying people who already have been arrested and sharing that information
with federal authorities for appropriate action," she said.
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