The Globe’s front page this morning blares the headline: “US Overrules Patrick on Immigration.” Here’s the meat:
The US government will force the state of Massachusetts to join a controversial federal program to detect and deport illegal immigrants, despite Governor Deval Patrick’s refusal to endorse it, a senior Homeland Security official said yesterday.
Patrick’s rejection of the Secure Communities program yesterday can do little, if anything, to impede the program from expanding statewide by 2013, said the official, who has direct knowledge of the program but spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not have clearance to speak for the agency. The data-sharing systems the program relies upon are already in place, the official said, and the governor has no legal standing to block their use.
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Given the Patrick Administration’s tight relationship with the Obama Administration, it is highly unlikely that the Governor did not know this was coming before he made his decision and delivered his remarks yesterday. So what Patrick has done here is placate his base on a controversial issue, knowing full well that the feds would step in quickly to defuse the uproar that he knew would ensue following his announcement.
Smart. Cynical, crass, and everything Governor Patrick wants so much for everyone to believe he is not. But smart.