Arlington County Votes to Stop Sharing Immigration Information

By Brandon Benavides
|  Thursday, Sep 30, 2010  |  Updated 12:00 AM EDT
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Arlington County Votes to Stop Sharing Immigration Information

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The Arlington County Board of Supervisors voted to pull out of the Secure Communities Program.

The federal program that started earlier this year allows local jurisdictions to share information about criminal and immigration history of people in their custody with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
 
Board members said they worried the program would lead to distrust between police and the immigrant community.
 
“We must not forget the positive contributions that working immigrants make to our county, region, state and nation,” said J. Walter Tejada, member of the Arlington County Board.
 
“At the same time, if people commit felony crimes, they must serve the time, “ Tejada said.
 
The County Board also stated that it is not the role or the desire of the Arlington County Police Department to take on the responsibility of enforcing federal immigration laws.
 
It also reaffirmed its support for existing county policies and procedures that prohibit racial profiling and protect crime victims and witnesses.

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