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Friday, May 06, 2011

Law - "It is a civil violation for an immigrant to be in the United States illegally; it is not a crime."

That is a quote from this long story today reported by Julia Preston of the NY Times. The headline: "States Resisting Program Central to Obama’s Immigration Strategy." A few more quotes:

A program that is central to President Obama’s strategy to toughen enforcement of immigration laws is facing growing resistance from state governments and police officials across the country. * * *

Under the program, the fingerprints of every person booked by the police are checked against Department of Homeland Security databases for immigration violations. That is in addition to routine checks against the F.B.I.’s criminal databases.

State officials and federal lawmakers have questioned the program, saying that Homeland Security officials conveyed misleading information about whether participation was mandatory or whether states could opt out. Some state officials, led by Governor Quinn, said the program was not accomplishing its stated goal of deporting convicted criminals, but had swept up many immigrants who were here illegally but had not been convicted of any crime.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 6, 2011 09:26 AM
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