ACLU Director: 'This isn't going to keep us safer'

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May 15, 2012, 8:20 am

(NECN) - The implementation of Secure Communities may be met with protests in some quarters, but it will be welcomed in others.

The controversial program, targeting illegal immigration, takes effect in Massachusetts on Tuesday.

The program is already in effect in Boston, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and in nearly 2,800 jurisdictions in 48 states.

The remainder will go into effect by 2013.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and Carol Rose, Executive Director of the ACLU, Massachusetts, joined "The Morning Show" to discuss both sides of the issue. 

"This will finally give law enforcement the additional tool that they will need to make the people in Massachusetts safer than they otherwise would have been by being able to keep the illegal aliens of the street," Hodgson said.

Rose quickly rebutted, saying: "This isn't going to keep us safer.  In fact, it is going to undermine liberty by creating a huge inter-operatable database thats going to sweep in all americans eventually.

Some people wonder why the focus has shifted toward immigration crackdown, when the crime rate has decreased.

"We know that there are people coming into this country that are commiting crimes against innocent people and furthermore it promotes criminal enterprises that are giving them illegal licenses and charging for them for that and exploiting them and so forth and it is as much to minimize that kind of crime as it is to minimize the crime against the innocent victims," Hodgson said.

Watch the attached video to catch the entire discussion.

Tags: illegal immigrants, immigration, ACLU, Mass., the morning show, Secure Communities, Carol Rose, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson
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