Philly City Council Says No to Secure Communities

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia City Council voted 17-0 on Thursday to end the city's participation in the Secure Communities program, which comes up for renewal Aug. 31. The program requires local police to share fingerprint data of all arrestees with federal immigration authorities. Although its aim is to combat terrorism and focus on criminals, the numbers tell a different story, according to council member James F. Kenney.

After being implemented in Philadelphia three years ago, Kenney said, "more than 82 percent of the people who are deported have no criminal history and have not been convicted of any crime." The program, Kenney argued, has only served to separate families and give Philadelphia a reputation of being hostile to immigrants.