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Sen. Brown Again Calls For Full Implementation Of Secure Communities

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Location: Washington, DC

In the aftermath of another violent crime committed by an illegal immigrant in Massachusetts, U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) today reiterated his call for the Secure Communities Program to be fully implemented in the Commonwealth. On Saturday, David Segundo Dutan-Guaman, who was reportedly in the United States illegally, stabbed a man at a party in Milford. Dutan-Guaman is the brother of another illegal immigrant who is accused of killing Milford resident Matthew Denice in August 2011.

"This latest incident is proof that we need to do more to enforce our immigration laws," said Senator Brown. "It is unacceptable that there are people in the country illegally who are also committing serious crimes and threatening public safety. It's time we applied some common sense before more people are hurt or killed."

Despite repeated instances of violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security has not yet activated the Secure Communities Program in fourteen of fifteen jurisdictions in Massachusetts. Massachusetts sheriffs have made clear that these tragic, violent crimes might have been prevented had Secure Communities been in place.

Secure Communities is an information-sharing program between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that helps to identify criminal aliens. Last September, the program was endorsed by Janet Napolitano, President Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security, during a Senate hearing when she called it a "key tool in our immigration enforcement efforts."

Senator Brown has consistently advocated for the implementation of Secure Communities. Last September, he wrote to Governor Patrick urging the "full and immediate" participation of Massachusetts in the program. Also that month, Brown wrote a letter to Secretary Napolitano calling on her to "expedite the full activation."

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