Immigration Program Is Rejected by Third State Staff
Posted: Jun 07, 2011 4:34 PM
Immigration Program Is Rejected by Third State
Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts has decided the state will not participate in a fingerprint-sharing program that is central to the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement strategy, dealing a new political blow to a program that has met rising resistance nationwide.

Massachusetts is the third state to pull out of the program, called Secure Communities, after Gov. Pat Quinn canceled it in Illinois in May and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo suspended New York’s participation last week. All three are Democrats from states with large immigrant populations, and they are close allies of President Obama, including on immigration issues.

The governors’ actions seem to set up a confrontation with immigration authorities, who maintain that the program is mandatory.