Governor’s office announces series of community meetings on Secure Communities program

Over the past week there were two public meetings regarding the implementation of the Secure Communities program, where police would have to share immigrant arrests with ICE.  The first meeting, in Worcester had only anti-secure communities folks attend.  The Northborough Tea Party got wind of the second meeting and on short notice a few people in support of Secure Communities showed up.  In a press release the Northborough Tea Party called on the Governor’s office to release a list of the next 8 meetings.  

The Governor had released the full list a month ogo today.  But the list was never posted on the internet, just by press release.  I contacted the office today and was provided a copy of the February 14, 2011 press release.  It can be seen below.  


BOSTON – Monday, February 14, 2011 – The Patrick Murray Administration today announced a series of community meetings to promote an open dialogue and address the concerns that several community organizations and immigrant advocates have expressed about the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Secure Communities program.  

“It has always been the Administration’s policy that serious criminals who are here illegally ought to be deported. The federal government is committed to proceeding with this program, and the Patrick-Murray Administration wants to make sure its implementation in Massachusetts is consistent with our values,” said Undersecretary of Public Safety John Grossman. “We fully support the Commonwealth’s vibrant immigrant community, and we are looking forward to continuing our open dialogue with community leaders and public safety officials across the Commonwealth on this important issue. We expect to move forward once outreach has been completed and we will continue to work closely with communities and stakeholders to promote understanding about this program, and to share any concerns that are raised with federal officials.”

Over the next several months, the Executive Office of Public Safety, in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Community Affairs and the Office for Refugees and Immigrants will be holding community meetings across the Commonwealth. The goal of these meetings is to inform the community about the Administration’s work on behalf of immigrant communities, the details of the Secure Communities program, and to gather feedback on the program and its potential impact in Massachusetts.

To date, several non-governmental organizations have agreed to take part in these meetings including Chelsea Collaborative, The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Association, The Brazilian Women’s Group, The African Council, the Governor’s Advisory Council for Refugees and immigrants, ¿Oiste?, among others.

The following dates and locations have been determined for the community meetings:

List after the jump


Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square

Saturday, February 26, 2-4pm


Mass Bay Community College, Framingham Campus, Room 205-206

Saturday, March 12, 2-4pm


Thursday, March 31, 6-8pm

Location (TBD)


Saturday, April 16, 12-2pm

Location (TBD)


Thursday, April 28, 6-8pm

Location (TBD)


Thursday, May 12, 12-2pm

Location (TBD)


Thursday, May 26, 6-8pm

Location (TBD)

New Bedford:

Saturday, June 11, 12-2pm

Location (TBD)


Thursday, June 30, 6-8pm

Location (TBD)


Saturday July 9, 12-2pm

Location (TBD)

Melixza González, of the Office for Refugees and Immigrants, said that the Governor’s office hopes to have locations finalized by next week.  They will then post all of the infomation on the Commonwealth’s website.

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