Patrick: Sheriffs Seeking Immigration Reform “Grabbing Headlines”

BOSTON (CBS) – Gov. Deval Patrick said three sheriffs traveling to the nation’s capitol are “grabbing headlines” in their effort for tougher immigration reform in the Bay State.

Patrick has made it clear in the past that the state will not enroll in the Secure Communities program when it goes into effect nationwide in 2013.

The sheriffs, who want tougher immigration reform, have taken the governor out of the equation by traveling to Washington, D.C. on their own to come up with their own plan, according to the Boston Herald.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

The sheriffs have reached a deal with federal officials to train county corrections officers to run those recently arrested through ICE databases.

Patrick said the state already sends the fingerprints of anyone arrested to the federal government.

“The only thing the sheriffs are doing that’s different from what we do already is grabbing headlines, and they’re entitled to do that. They didn’t join Secure Communities because there’s no Secure Communities program to join. God bless ’em. I’m glad they’re complying with the rules and our policies,” said Gov. Patrick.

  • gramps

    Deval is like a farmer sewing seeds……”For his 2016 run for the ‘Oval Office’!

    He’s either ‘for’ or ‘against’ any law, program, idea or opinion that will enhance or can’t be used against him in his quest to be called ‘Mr. President’!

    By 2016 the country’s demographic pendulum will be swinging to his liking. In the mean time he’ll do nothing to alienate ‘ANY’ ethnic group.

    He’s ‘good budies’ with Obama, yet refused to take a position in DC….WHY?….Cause he didn’t & doesn’t want to be associated with any miss steps of Obama’s administration…..Could possibly be used against him in his 2016 campaign.

    So until then, he’ll sit back & take notes on Obama’ mishaps & compile a ‘Do’s & Dont’s’ list……Push for ‘Free or reduced Tuition’ for illegal’s…..No ‘ID’s at the voting booth…..Look the other way when ‘EBT cards are used for ‘vacations to Vegas & Hawaii’….&….Be against ‘Secure Communities’ & protect those ‘ID’less voters for his 2016 run…


    • Joe

      Hey Gramps, very well said! You just said everything I wanted to say in a much more respectful tone. Good job!

    • YaKnow

      Very well said gramps……

    • emom

      GRAMPS>>> awesome,, just what I was thinking,,,, Can not stand either one of them and have no respect for them either,,, KUDDO’s to you gramps…
      P.S. Glad to see you come on ,,, it’s been a very long time. :-)

  • Joe

    Governor, with all due respect, I know your not as stupid as you sound or believe your constituency is. I don’t agree with you and quite honestly, I don’t like or respect you. But, your not stupid which is what angers me. Choosing your ideology and future political aspirations over common sense and reality have made you look stupid. Yes, you are acting like a complete moron. Just like the same illegal moron who killed Mr. Williams on his motorcycle.

    One press conference is all that story generated. One press conference where you didn’t even know his name instead referring to the victim as “this person”. A person that was dragged to his death under a car where on one side of his body was a 1500 degree exhaust melting his flesh and on the other side asphalt ripping apart his flesh and muscle down to the bone. I can only pray to GOD that he died before the illegal backed up over him and continued driving while his body was being torn apart under his illegal ass.

    Governor, you are a disgrace. And before the race card professionals chime in it has nothing to do with the color of your skin! Here’s a melting pot moment for you governor. I am a LEGAL immigrant who is married to a beautiful BLACK woman. That must throw your political demographic team for a loop huh?

    Governor, do all of us a favor and stop talking to us like we are a bunch of 3 year olds, it really makes you sound quite stupid. We know the reason you don’t want too adhere to the secure community act is purely political. Hell, those are possible votes you should be deporting!

    How do you and every other politician, democrat or republican, who chooses party lines over common sense and what’s right sleep at night? Your a man aren’t you? Do all of us a favor and give yourself a refresher course.

    When you wake up tomorrow stand naked in front of a mirror and I want you to focus on three areas. First, look between your legs. There should be three things hanging there. Grab them and remember what they are, because you have obviously have forgotten. Then look at your chest. See if your heart is still beating. Then look at your eyes. Look long and hard into the mirror at yourself and tell me if you still want too play politics with peoples lives. Hopefully you focus on those 3 things between your legs. That is unless politicians have to check the boys at the door when running for office!

  • gramps

    Morning Joe,

    If the Governor successfully completes the tasks contained in your last paragraph he’d make a mighty fine ‘TSA’ agent or possibly a ‘EUNUCH….!


  • Yikes

    So if the sheriffs are “grabbing headlines” then what are you doing Governor? Risking the lives of the citizens of your state in order to continually pander to Latino voting groups! The sheriffs are looking out for the citizens of this state and apparently listening to them, you on the other hand continually refuse to listen to us and put our lives at risk to save all the illegals you want to have here in your sanctuary state. Too bad we can’t get Jan Brewer!

  • Mark

    The lemmings in this state who voted for this grub not once but twice would follow this guy right over the precipice without blinking an eye. That is what is so troubling.

  • fred

    The sheriffs are only doing their job with out any cooperation from Beacon Hill. How many “Willie Horton’s” will Deval have on his resume come 2016? Plenty and some will have committed homicides. The rest of the country is not as stupid as Massachusetts – oh wait, they elected Obama.

  • petem

    I knew it would be a troll-fest today.

    • tsal

      hahahahahahaha – hi petem – I was thinking the same thing as I read the comments

      In an attempt to have a constructive discussion, does anyone have any experience with secure communities? with the sheriff or corrections department?

  • tsal

    According to secure communities facts, you cannot opt out of becoming a secure community. Perhaps that has been changed and the ICE Web site is not updated. Also according to the ICE Web site, secure communities requires no additional work from state law enforcement. It does state that all states currently send fingerprints of anyone arrested to the federal government. Gee where did I hear that? And that is the requirement. I admit to reading the secure community facts quickly but they repeatedly said there is are no new requirements for individual states. So I’m not quite sure what the discussion is about. If someone does know, I’d love to hear.

  • Nab71

    The Governor and many Democrats seem to have forgotten the basic theory of government which holds that people form government to protect their basic rights of life, liberty and property. It is not the government’s place to decide not to enforce laws meant to protect the CITIZENS who allow the government to hold power. The governments contract with the people should be upheld.

    • tsal

      What rights are those NAB71? The ones that protect U.S. citizens who are college age and are having spaces in college taken because of illegals getting in-state tuition?

      I’d say this is not a liberal or conservative problem but a political problem. And it wouild be a good idea to stop blaming just one party.

      But back to THIS discussion – what part of secure communities is being violated? My questions at 3:13 were honest questions. Instead of knee jerk reactions, I’d love to hear some honest and informed comments.

      • Tsal

        Nab71. Along with the gov of TX. It doesn’t matter if you were responding to me. I found it odd that you blamed liberals when a GOP candidate for president offers instate tuition for illegals. I get tired of hearing it’s a liberal problem. You coiuld have said the Gov and many politicians align with the gov of TX but it seemed conveniently omitted

      • Nab71

        First Tsai, my comment was not a response to your comment.

        Second, I’m talking about the basic rights as outlined by John Locke whose protection is the reason for government. Providing education for the CITIZENS of the Nation and Commonwealth would seem to further that idea, and “having spaces in college taken because of illegals” violates that contract. We seem to agree.

        Third, you are correct, it is a political problem, both parties have avoided dealing with it. Perhaps I should have said the Governor and many other politicians.

  • Nab71

    Probably because I try to ignore this Governor of Texas. He makes his predecessor George W. sound Wilsonian. I’m sure the Obama team is praying that he gets the nomination. He’d be Obama’s McGovern

  • just me

    Really, just grabbing headlines. Mr. Patrick please get your head out of the sand. We are sick of illegals getting a free ride.

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