Sancuary City May Get ICE Opt Out
Feds consider allowing fingerprint program opt-out
SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 26: A row of luxury homes are seen near the Golden Gate Bridge May 26, 2005 in the Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco, California. According to a study released Wednesday by San Francisco's First Republic Bank, the average luxury home in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is defined as homes with values above the $1 million, rose nearly 6 percent between the fourth quarter of 2004 and the first quarter of 2005 to an average of $2.7 million, up $329,000 from one year ago. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Immigration officials say they will consider San Francisco's request to pull out of a program that automatically sends them the fingerprints of arrested foreigners.
Sheriff Michael Hennessey has repeatedly asked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to let the county opt out of the program, called Secure Communities, which has been in place since June.
ICE rejected previous requests.
The sheriff sent a new letter Wednesday, and this time, ICE agreed to meet with the agencies involved to consider the option.
A document posted on ICE's website on Aug. 17 lays out a process by which a jurisdiction may opt out of the program before it is implemented.
Legal groups and immigrant advocates point to it as evidence that the program is voluntary.
Published at 5:28 PM PDT on Sep 2, 2010
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