: News

Filed Under:

ICE Says Local Governments Can't Opt Out Of Agency Program

Play associated audio

By Greg Peppers

The head of the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement says local governments, including Arlington County, Va., cannot opt out of a federal program that checks fingerprints of people who are arrested to see if they are illegal immigrants.

Last month officials in Arlington County voted to opt out of the program, known as Secure Communities.

Suspects who are arrested are fingerprinted. Those fingerprint are run through a federal criminal background data base maintained by the FBI. Under Secure Communities, those fingerprints are automatically checked against immigration records.

Arlington County contends the program could lead to racial profiling and wants to opt out. But ICE Director John Morton says local governments can't opt out because the agreement is between the federal and state governments, not local governments.

NPR

Hold Your Nose And Take A Bite: The Odd Appeal Of A South Korean Fish Dish

Hongeo is skate fermented in its own urine and served sashimi-style. Despite its powerful ammonia smell, it's a beloved delicacy in parts of South Korea, and a vital part of the local fishing economy.
NPR

Hold Your Nose And Take A Bite: The Odd Appeal Of A South Korean Fish Dish

Hongeo is skate fermented in its own urine and served sashimi-style. Despite its powerful ammonia smell, it's a beloved delicacy in parts of South Korea, and a vital part of the local fishing economy.
NPR

'Us' Vs. 'I, I, I' For Some Democrats In What Used To Be Clinton Country

Though Hillary Clinton still has her loyalists, even some former supporters are "feeling the Bern" in New Hampshire.
WAMU 88.5

Call To Get All Maryland Students Internet Access Renewed This Year

Should all students in Maryland schools have access to the Internet and other digital resources? One Maryland Senator is taking up the call again this legislative session.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.