New York Drops Fed Immigration Program

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NEW YORK -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that New York state will suspend its participation in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Secure Communities program “to review the mounting evidence that the program is not meeting its stated goal and has serious consequences for witnesses, victims of crime and law enforcement.” The announcement comes on the heels of the decision by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to opt out of Secure Communities program in the state of Illinois. Under Secure Communities, police are required to send fingerprint data of anyone arrested to immigration authorities.