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D.C. Bill Introduced To Block Fingerprint Program

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WASHINGTON (AP) The D.C. Council is considering a measure to prevent police from joining a program that shares fingerprint data with federal immigration authorities.

Council member Phil Mendelson introduced the bill Tuesday. Mendelson's spokesman says the other 11 council members cointroduced it.

The bill seeks to prohibit D.C. police from transmitting arrest data to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has expressed interest in joining the Secure Communities program, which sends inmates' fingerprint information to ICE and the FBI. Other jurisdictions in the region participate in the program.

The bill has been referred to the public safety and judiciary committee, which Mendelson chairs. Once it moves from there, the full council will vote on it.

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