“The City Council overwhelmingly passed two bills on Wednesday that would further restrict New York’s cooperation with federal authorities seeking to deport immigrants.
The bills were introduced in response to Secure Communities, a federal program that has become a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement strategy.
Under the program, the fingerprints of a suspect booked at a local jail are sent to the Homeland Security Department and compared with those in its files. If officials find that a suspect is in the country illegally or is a noncitizen with a criminal record, they may issue “a detainer” — a request that the police hold the person so that he or she can be transferred to federal custody.
The program has drawn the opposition of immigrants’ advocates.