Gov. Deval Patrick made a major reversal today, saying he's not signing up for a controversial program aimed at deporting illegal immigrants with serious criminal records.Gov. Patrick's public safety secretary made the announcement in a letter released Monday that was sent to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday.
Secure Communities has been a political hot potato for Gov. Patrick since last fall, when FOX Undercover first revealed his administration had been dragging its feet for a year on the federal government’s request to bring it to Massachusetts. Patrick eventually decided to sign on, but reversed course yesterday.
“I think this is the right decision for the Commonwealth. From a public safety position we'll continue to work with the FBI and (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) for convicted felons who are undocumented people. But the Secure Communities program is not for us,” Patrick told reporters today.