Gov. Patrick Says State Is Doing Its Part To Combat Illegal Immigration

REVERE (CBS) – The recent violence involving illegal immigrants has prompted several sheriff’s to turn up the heat on Governor Patrick to enforce the Secure Communities Act which would have states more aggressively go after illegal immigrants.

Governor Patrick says Massachusetts is already doing what’s expected, and are sharing fingerprints and convictions with ICE.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

He says, “I understand that there is sheriffs who have political reasons, to try to make headlines, we’re trying to get results.”

So what is going wrong?

“That’s a question that is fairly directed to ICE, which has the authority around immigration,” says Patrick. “It’s absolutely an outrage that someone who has committed a crime and been deported is back on this country. We do not monitor the borders.”

In the meantime, Patrick says, this state will keep focused on crime and violence which he says is the state’s business.

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