Letter: Governor Needs to Reconsider Secure Communities

Citing the death of Matthew Denice, state Sen. Richard Moore (D-Uxbridge) sent a letter to Governor Patrick Monday, urging him to enlist Massachusetts in the Secure Communities program.

The following letter was sent by state Sen. Richard T. Moore (D-Uxbridge) to Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday:

Dear Governor Patrick:

Something MUST be done about drivers operating without licenses! This weekend, Milford was the scene of a horrific crash that took the life of a terrific young man. , age 23, a recent graduate of Framingham State University who worked his way through college, was killed in one of the grizzliest events on the highways in recent years!

I will not call the event an "accident." When a man who is reported to be under the influence and driving without a license ran over and dragged Matthew Denice, refusing to stop and ran from the scene, it is clear that the streets are not safe! The accused — — is reported to be an illegal alien. Sadly, he is not the first illegal alien to be driving without a license and, in all probability, without driver training. What will the do to support local and state police to make our streets safe?

Fortunately, in this case, it appears that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement will help to prevent the accused from fleeing to a country out of our reach so that he can stand trial for vehicular homicide and a long list of related crimes. While it's not clear that the Secure Communities Program would have helped to prevent this tragedy, your agreeing to enlist Massachusetts in the program would, at least, be official recognition that we must take steps to protect the public from those who flout the law.

I would urge you in the strongest possible terms to put your Administration behnd efforts to take seriously, the need to enforce our traffic laws, and to make our streets safe in Massachusetts. The people of Milford are in shock and mourning over the senseless loss of a promising young life. Once again, what can be done to assure the people of Milford — and Massachusetts — feel safe on their roads and in their neighborhoods?


Richard T. Moore

Moore is state senator representing the Worcester and Norfolk district.

Beth Rayner-Zyskowski August 23, 2011 at 06:18 PM
"While it's not clear that the Secure Communities Program would have helped to prevent this tragedy,..." I respectfully disagree with Mr. Moore on this statement. This individual had been previously arrested MORE THAN ONCE. I think it is crystal clear that had the Secure Communities Program been enforced, this individual would not have been free to drink until his family felt he was a danger to the public, get behind the wheel with his child in the vehicle, and recklessly end the life of a young man whose obituary should have been dated sometime in 2076 and should read that he died peacefully in his sleep of old age leaving his wife of 50 something years and numerous children and grandchildren. This is the definition of a travesty of justice and the only way to honor Matt Denice's memory is to make sure this does not happen again.
x August 23, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Governor Deval Patrick and others have created this political system of prioritizing illegal immigrants over public safety in order to gain favor and votes from the immigration community. Now is the time for US Senator Scott Brown, State Rep John Fernandes, Milford Selectmen, Milford Police Chief Tom O'Loughlin and others to step up and decisively fight on the behalf of Milford for our public safety. These officials need to use the media and put pressure on the Governor Patrick and other Mass Legislators for the Secure Communities Program.
Michelle August 23, 2011 at 07:54 PM
Everyone reading this send a email or letter to the Governor's office urging him to put American citizens safety first, like I did. Maybe it will help bring about change.
Jorge Luiz August 23, 2011 at 10:59 PM
It is a bunch of great suggestions and I would like to compliment all of them for such. Do not trust they said politicians that you believe could deploy laws to defend and protect ordinary citizens. They are the ones that most of the times break the law. Massachusetts is a sanctuary state for illegals and Mr. Peval -correct me if I am wrong nominated a governor by a bunch of social services beneficiaries,, cousin of Obama, is not interested in implementing any laws that go against the wishes of LA RAZA.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) August 23, 2011 at 11:18 PM
In fairness to all of these officials, I did not contact them today to ask them if they sent similar letters. Just letting you know.
MilfRes August 24, 2011 at 12:34 PM
The problem with the politicians is that they won't take a stand on the issue which condones this illegal activity. Remember this while you're standing in the voting booth!
VivaLaMigra August 24, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Ho Hum...another American citizen murdered by an illegal alien...just collateral damage in the quest for Cheap Labor and VOTES! Nothing to see here, folks; Move Along! The carnage will continue as long as you keep voting for corrupt, immoral politicians, especially DEMON-RATS like "Devil" Patrick! PANDERING to illegals is everything; the safety of your family means NOTHING as long as enough of you support an animal like this. He and the killer are exactly ONE and the SAME EVIL!
VivaLaMigra August 24, 2011 at 02:24 PM
Poster "MilfRes" says the pol's "..won't take a stand..." I disagree. The governor, whom a majority of voters at the polls either foolishly or maliciously re-elected, has most definitely "...taken a stand..." and it's 100% FOR CRIMINALS, and AGAINST YOU!
VivaLaMigra August 24, 2011 at 02:26 PM
My congrats to poster "Jorge Luiz" for disproving the theory, put forth by the Demon-Rat's, that everyone with an Hispanic name is PRO-illegal! They most certainly are not, and by PANDERING to criminals a pol loses far more votes than he gains.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) August 24, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Jorge, I'm sorry, but you can't swear here. Please reword and repost if you'd like. I had to delete that one.


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