Communities routinely send fingerprints taken from people booked into jails or prison to state agencies. The states forward the prints to the FBI to check criminal histories. Under Secure Communities, the FBI shares the prints with the Homeland Security Department to check them against immigration files.
...Janet Napolitano said communities could not decide to exclude themselves from sharing fingerprints with her agency. The "opt-in, opt-out thing was a misunderstanding from the get-go ... and we have tried to correct that," she said.
...the Obama administration pitched Secure Communities participation to local officials as voluntary, until some refused to participate. Then the federal government insisted on states' participation.
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