Defensive Deval Blames Barack

A prickly Deval gets defensive in response to questions over his refusal to support the federal Secure Communities program after another illegal is charged in a killing. The program is designed to get dangerous illegals off the street, something the governor opposes.

Scituate police arrested an illegal immigrant from Brazil for motor-vehicle violations three months before he allegedly stabbed his former girlfriend to death in a brutal attack this week, reigniting debate over whether Massachusetts should participate in the federal Secure Communities program.

Secure Communities, a federal program intended to identify illegal immigrants if they are arrested by local law enforcement, has been a hot-button issue in Massachusetts, where Governor Deval Patrick has opposed it.