States balk at illegal immigrant fingerprint plan

Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff WriterSaturday, June 18, 2011 The Obama administration announced plans Friday to protect crime victims and witnesses from deportation under a hotly debated program that requires local jails across the country to forward arrestees’ fingerprints to immigration authorities. While defending the program known as Secure Communities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it is making “key improvements” to further its stated goal of detecting and removing the most dangerous illegal immigrants. [More: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi f=/c/a/2011/06/17/MNTD1JVJRL.DTL#ixzz1PeN76BWK ]

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States balk at illegal immigrant fingerprint plan