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The federal government wants to check the immigration status of everyone arrested by state or local police. The controversial program, called "Secure Communities" has been rejected by Gov. Deval Patrick, but federal authorities say the program is mandatory.

Proponents say it streamlines law enforcement and helps get dangerous people out of the country. Opponents say it's a blunt instrument that could do more harm than good.


  • Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies, Center for Immigration Studies
  • Laura Rotolo, staff attorney, ACLU of Massachusetts
  • Betty Poirier, Republican State Representative

This segment aired on June 8, 2011.

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