The Obama administration has notified Massachusetts law enforcement officials that the fingerprint information sharing program called Secure Communities will become active in the State on May 15, 2012.
Gov. Deval Patrick has indicated that Secure Communities will result in racial profiling by police, and would create a wedge between immigrant communities and law enforcement officials, but that he is helpless to prevent its implementation.
Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has ignored concerns of racial profiling and is supporting the program's implementation. She issued the following statement:
Elizabeth supports efforts to take dangerous and violent criminals off our street. She understands that some law enforcement in Massachusetts and across the country have expressed concerns that the program divides police and communities, and believes we need to continue to work to improve the program as it is being implemented so that it actually does make our communities safer.
Maybe you should rethink that position Elizabeth.
Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).