IMMIGRATION: Monroe County Joins Controversial Program
People arrested in Monroe County, either by sheriff's deputies or by local police, traditionally have their fingerprints sent to several state and federal agencies. Now they'll also be sent to a federal agency charged with enforcing immigration law..."I think that there already is tension between immigrant communities and police," says KaeLyn Rich, director of NYCLU's Genesee Valley chapter...NYCLU ultimately wants New York to rescind its agreement with ICE. The organization views S-COMM as one of several immigration-enforcement programs that are hostile toward people who come to the US as economic refugees. "It's part of a much larger conversation about immigration reform," Rich says. "How do we live up to our promise to be a welcoming state to immigrants?"