Mitt Romney signs agreement allowing state police to detain illegal immigrants
Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has signed an agreement that allows state police troopers to detain illegal immigrants they encounter over the course of their normal duties.
Under the terms of the agreement, made with the U-S Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, an initial group of 30 troopers will receive five weeks of federally funded training.
Romney, who is weighing a 2008 White House bid, has advocated building a wall along the U-S-Mexico border to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the country.
The duration of the new policy is in doubt because Romney leaves office early next month. His successor, Democrat Deval Patrick, has said he opposes placing the additional burden on the troopers.
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