“D.C. Council members Phil Mendelson and Jim Graham are sponsoring a bill that seeks to uphold the city’s policy that local police stay out of immigration enforcement. The legislation is likely to be introduced on May 4, Graham spokesman Brian DeBose said.
Last month, Police Chief Cathy Lanier expressed support for the Secure Communities program, which takes fingerprints when inmates are booked into jail and sends them to ICE and the FBI. A police spokeswoman says the department has not yet implemented the program.
“What happened in D.C. is happening everywhere,” said Sarahi Uribe, the regional organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “No public discourse or accountability.””