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Secure Communities Program To Launch Next Week

Program intended to help catch illegal immigrants.

The , which would impact illegal immigrants, will go into effect next week in Massachusetts.

According to the Boston Globe, the controversial federal program will start on Tuesday, May 15. The program requires law enforcement officers to run finger prints of arrested individuals through an federal databases to determine whether they are in the country illegally. Federal immigration authorities could then arrest the suspect and possibly deport them.

The start of the program, which Boston has been participating in since 2008, comes in the wake of recent developments in the case of

Gov. Deval Patrick declined to enroll in the program previously saying it would unfairly target immigrants not convicted of any crime, according to the Globe. The Boston Police believe it is an essential way to combat crime, according to the Globe.

Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety Mary Beth Heffernan told FOX 25 that the program will not impact how fingerprints are shared and noted law enforcement officers are already sharing fingerprints with federal authorities.

Martha Creedon May 09, 2012 at 12:41 PM
"Do you favor or oppose" is not be a yes/no poll. Please clarify.
Ryan Grannan-Doll May 09, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Indeed Martha. Thanks for pointing that out. It's fixed. Apparently, my brain was off when I did the poll!
Ryan Grannan-Doll May 09, 2012 at 01:19 PM
What impact do people think this will have on Waltham residents?
Sam Adams May 09, 2012 at 03:39 PM
"Gov. Deval Patrick declined to enroll in the program previously saying it would unfairly target immigrants not convicted of any crime" By being in this country, they are committing a crime. And this man is a lawyer?? Scary.
Francis Stanton May 10, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I stand with the Boston Police on this one. Its a common sense solution.

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