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Aug 20, 2010 10:14 PM by Jamie Patrick

Colorado weighs changes to fingerprint program

Colorado is considering possible changes to a growing federal program that uses fingerprints to catch illegal immigrants.
 
Several groups have written Governor Bill Ritter to say they worry the program will intimidate crime victims and lead to racial profiling. Ritter spokesman Evan Dreyer said Friday the concerns have prompted the governor to consider adding safeguards to the program.

He didn't provide details and says the governor hasn't decided whether he will adopt the program. The program known as Secure Communities has been controversial
elsewhere.

The Washington, D.C. Council had proposed legislation to block it as police were negotiating some possible changes. Immigration officials say 29 states so far have implemented the program but none have modifications.
     

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