The tragic death of a man from Milford is pushing a controversial federal program back into the spotlight.
Secure Communities shares the fingerprints of people arrested by local police with federal immigration authorities.
Governor Patrick was for the program, before he was against it.
Now the weekend death of 23-year-old Matthew Denice in Milford has some wondering whether Secure Communities could have prevented the tragedy.
Denice was riding his motorcycle when he was struck and killed, allegedly by Nicolas Guaman, an illegal immigrant with a criminal record who police say was driving drunk.
Critics say if Massachusetts participated in Secure Communities, Guaman could have been deported after one of his earlier arrests.
Massachusetts decided in June not to sign onto Secure Communities, but the federal government now says it doesn't matter.
It plans to roll the program out all over the country, including Massachusetts, by 2013.