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Gov candidate Jay Gonzalez ‘excited’ by notion of a Deval Patrick prez run

August 2, 2017 GMT

Gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez joined Zuri Berry’s “The Rundown” on Boston Herald Radio yesterday to talk about Gov. Charlie Baker’s illegal immigration bill — and talked about the notion of his former boss Deval Patrick running for president in 2020.

Q: Baker filed a new bill to let Massachusetts cops detain illegal immigrants for the feds. You’ve made it clear that you support the Safe Communities Act.

A: The Safe Communities act basically says that state and local law enforcement resources need to be focused on enforcing state and local laws and not doing the work of federal immigration officials, which is not their job. And that is what the court recently decided. And we’ve got Governor Baker ... basically saying state and local law enforcement can do the work of federal immigration forces and do the bidding of Donald Trump’s immigration policies, and it’s the exact wrong direction. ... All of this is happening in the context of real fear among immigrants in our communities across Massachusetts as a result of Donald Trump’s callous immigration policies.

Q: Why can’t these individuals go through the proper immigration process and secure the proper documentation, in order to not put themselves in this position, in which they could be picked up unwillingly obviously and removed?

A: Well of course immigrants who are here should try to go through the processes of getting documented and permission to be here, but the system is broken.

Q: A few former Obama administration and campaign folks are urging Patrick to run for president in 2020. Have you guys talked at all his possible presidential run?

A: Well, I don’t want to share private conversations that I’ve had with Governor Patrick, but I would just say that I would personally be really excited to see him run for president, I think he’d be a great president of the United States and compared to what we have now, a huge step forward.

Q: Do you think Patrick would ever endorse you? Does he plan on getting in the race at all, as far as this race that you are in right now?

A: No. I don’t think he can. His current job and where he’s working has some pretty strict constraints on his ability to be supportive in a governor’s race due to the fact that they invest state pension funds. ... But he’s someone I had the privilege of working with, he’s the type of public official and elected leader that I think we need in this country and someone I have a great deal of respect for.