D.C. Council votes to limit reach of federal effort aimed at illegal immigrationPublished: Jun 6, 2012 8:30 am By: Mihir Zaveri
"The program, Secure Communities, requires that arrestee fingerprints collected by local governments be shared with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement so the federal government can identify illegal immigrants and potentially move to detain or deport them. All other localities in the metropolitan area have been participating.
But the D.C. Council on Tuesday quickly voted to limit the program’s reach, saying it could discourage immigrants who are crime victims or witnesses from working with police, ultimately making the city less safe."
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