Thursday, June 2, 2011

New York pulls out of federal immigration program - CNN.com

New York pulls out of federal immigration program - CNN.com

New York is pulling out of a controversial federal program aimed at catching and deporting illegal immigrants with criminal histories, the state's governor said Wednesday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is suspending the state's participation in the program because of concerns about "its impact on families, immigrant communities and law enforcement in New York."

Under the program, known as Secure Communities, law enforcement agencies run the fingerprints of people they arrest against immigration databases, aiming to find illegal immigrants.

Critics have said it results in deportations of immigrants who are in the United States illegally but have no criminal arrest record.

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