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Patrick Slams Alabama, Arizona Over Immigration Policies

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Deval Patrick. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Deval Patrick. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is slamming Alabama and Arizona over their tough immigration policies.

The Boston Globe reports that in a speech earlier this week at Tufts University, Patrick said the actions of states on the issue have been ham-fisted, self-defeating and even racist.

He also calls much of the debate over immigration reform hysterical and poisonous.

He says state political leaders are using the issue to appear tough on immigration but he also blames the federal government for not doing enough to address U.S. immigration policy.

Rep. Bradley Jones, the state House Republican leader, says Patrick was just trying to appeal to Latino voters in the state and should have tried to start a dialogue rather than criticizing people who don’t share his views.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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