Monday, June 6, 2011
NATIONAL IMMIGRATION FORUM STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR PATRICK’S DECISION AGAINST PARTICIPATION IN SECURE COMMUNITIES
Governor Deval Patrick announced today that Massachusetts will not participate in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “Secure Communities” program. Citing a “lack of clarity,” Governor Patrick will not sign a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Homeland Security.
The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:
“We applaud Governor Patrick’s strong leadership and we are pleased that he shares our grave concerns about Secure Communities. His decision adds to a drumbeat of alarm that will undoubtedly grow louder as more states and localities learn that this program does not function as it purports. Massachusetts joins New York, Illinois, and a host of cities and counties across the nation in choosing not to participate in this controversial program.
It is time for DHS to halt the program. The program has serious implementation problems and erodes the trust that communities place in law enforcement. We expect additional jurisdictions will choose not to participate, while others will reevaluate their decision to participate in the first place."
For more information on Secure Communities, please visit here.