Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sharing Fingerprints of Illegal Immigrants ... Whaa!

A program that gives federal immigration officials access to the fingerprints of undocumented immigrants booked into local jails will start Tuesday across New York state despite staunch opposition from advocates and lawmakers, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Secure Communities aims at identifying and deporting illegal immigrants who are convicted of crimes. But critics say it has resulted in the deportation of thousands of people who are accused of crimes but not convicted, and erodes the trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement.

Advocates and others argue that some immigrants may become hesitant to report crimes or act as witnesses, incorrectly believing they risk deportation just by speaking with police.

Already, the fingerprints of suspects in jail are sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Under the Secure Communities program, those fingerprints are also shared with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
When I lived in Japan, I had to provide a thumb print when I applied for an alien residency card, and register my address with the police every time I moved. But you know what? I was a guest in their country, residing there by permission, not because of right. So, as a guest, I expected to have to live by their rules. In turn, I have no problem with a U.S. law requiring that local law enforcement turn over the fingerprints of illegal aliens to immigration officials. 
Illegal aliens should be deported anyway. They are here illegally--without right or permission--and should not be entitled the rights of citizens, or even legal aliens.

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