Masaschusetts: Senate President supports “Secure Communities Program”

Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray is backing a proposal by several Sheriff’s in Massachusetts to implement a “Secure Communities Program”, something the sheriffs say is designed to catch, and deport some of the most egregious illegals calling the commonwealth home.

Murray says she isn’t sure why Democratic Governor Deval Patrick isn’t backing the proposal, althought she says the two had not had a conversation with him about the issue.

Murray says there is a problem, and cites a round-up effort by US Immigration and Customs enforcement to remove criminal aliens and immigration law violators. The 7 day nation wide sting this week that netted 62 people here in Massachusetts: 1 in Plymouth, 1 in Brockton, 1 in Canton, and 1 in West Wareham.

Gov. Deval Patrick has vowed that the state will not sign an agreement for the state to participate in the program, that federal officials have said will be implemented by 2013.

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Steven Dodrill left the WATD news team in 2013. He was a full-time news reporter and weekend anchor while assuming the duties of Manager of Web and News Services. The 25 year-old Franklin Pierce University graduate adds a blend of new media to the traditional news for WATD listeners over the airwaves, and for the readers on the web. Dodrill has a vast amount of experience in on-air and online platforms. "Follow" him on Twitter At Franklin Pierce, Steven worked to introduce new forms of media like YouTube, and Twitter to the Franklin Pierce community.  Steven graduated Cum Laude and with honors in Mass Communication from Franklin Pierce University in May of 2009. Steven focused his education and experience in New Hampshire around sports broadcasting, digital media, broadcast journalism, news, media production, and political reporting. "Like" him on Facebook Dodrill also interned with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League during the summer of 2007, and most recently in the spring of 2009 he completed an internship in the newsroom at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.