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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST REVEALS ICE MISLED COMMUNITIES ON OPTING OUT OF SECURE COMMUNITIES

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[UPDATE: You can see the FOIA'd documents here.]


The AP's Suzanne Gamboa has a great article describing how a program billed as voluntary for communties turned out to be impossible to get out of once a city has enrolled. Gamboa has reviewed internal documents sought in a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in New York, the National Day Labor Organizing Network and the Center for Constitutional Rights. ICE has opposed the release of the documents, but a New York judge ordered the information be released.


Here are highlights from the AP piece:



A voluntary program to run all criminal suspects' fingerprints through an immigration database was only voluntary until cities refused to participate, recently released documents show. The Obama administration then tightened the rules so that cities had no choice but to have the fingerprints checked.


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A voluntary program to run all criminal suspects' fingerprints through an immigration database was only voluntary until cities refused to participate, recently released documents show. The Obama administration then tightened the rules so that cities had no choice but to have the fingerprints checked.


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By fall of last year, ICE decided local officials could not stop immigration officials from culling the fingerprints. The locals could only refuse to receive the information from the federal government on the immigration status of people they were holding in their jails. Local officials, however, still had to hold non-citizens for ICE if asked.


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