Mass. immigration debate heats up

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September 28, 2011, 12:56 pm

(NECN: Scot Yount, Boston) - A Statehouse new conference held by three Mass. sheriffs calling for tougher crackdowns on illegal immigration ended suddenly as immigration activists protesting the policies entered the room.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis and Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald said they want to implement the federal Secure Communities program in their counties, which checks the immigration status of a person arrested for a crime. Opponents of Secure Communities say it leads to profiling.

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick says the state will not participate in the program, which the federal government plans to start on its own nationwide by the end of 2013.

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