A controversial program will soon be activated throughout New York State.
Governor Deval Patrick decided that the state will soon be a part of the Secure Communities program starting May 15, The Herald News reported.
The fingerprint sharing program was initially meant to weed out dangerous criminals that were living in America without U.S. citizenship, however, as time goes one, some immigrant activists argue the program is unfair and discriminatory. Although the program was only created in 2008, it is already in effect in 48 additional states.
Law enforcement officials from three counties in New York have already started to direct fingerprint information to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. Once the information is sent, federal officials will begin to search for the undocumented immigrants that match the fingerprints.
According to the New York Daily News, despite the fact that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has referred to the program as “the single most valuable tool to find and deport criminals,” several government officials are opposed to the program.
Representative Denise Provost believes the program is a “misuse of federal power” and it needs to be recalled, according to The Herald News.
“It reminds me of the days of slavery when family members were taken from each other to be sold south,” she said, according to the news source. “I think what we call illegal immigration is the new economic slavery. Now we just induce slaves to import themselves.”
Despite the fact several states have resisted the program, federal officials have made it mandatory for each state to join the program. All 50 states are expected to be a part of the program by 2013.