Police Put Off Secure Communities Negotiations (AP)

Police Put Off Secure Communities Negotiations

WASHINGTON — D.C. Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham says a bill barring police from sharing fingerprint data with immigration authorities has prompted the department to put off negotiations with federal officials.

Several community groups raised concerns about the program called Secure Communities, which sends inmates’ fingerprints to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, at a hearing Monday and urged the council to pass the bill.

Newsham says the department was working with ICE to modify the program to meet D.C.’s needs, but the department has withdrawn its requests for information because of the legislation.

He says if the program is implemented nationally, the city will have missed its chance to craft safeguards for residents.