House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. issued the following statement today in response to the Patrick Administration’s continued refusal to participate in the Secure Communities initiative:
Governor Patrick made the wrong decision to not join the federal Secure Communities initiative. The Governor’s waffling, on an issue which has garnered bi-partisan support, is a clear demonstration that he is more concerned with fostering illegal immigration than he is with public safety.
The fact that the Governor had his Executive Office of Public Safety inform federal officials of his decision on a Friday, while everyone should have been rightfully focused on recovering from the horrific damage caused by the string of tornadoes, is telling.
This Administration’s latest Friday “news dump” is proof that their decision- making is based more on scoring political points with allies rather than what is the best public policy for the Commonwealth.