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Posted at 9:53 AM ET, 04/28/2010

D.C. bill would block fingerprinting

By Washington Post editors

Some D.C. Council members are looking to prevent police from joining a federal fingerprinting program that allows authorities to check the immigration status of people they arrest, WJLA reports.

Council members Phil Mendelson and Jim Graham are sponsoring a bill that seeks to uphold the city's policy that local police stay out of immigration enforcement, according to Brian DeBose, Graham's spokesman. DeBose said the legislation likely will be introduced May 4.

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By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 9:53 AM ET
Tags:  Immigration, Jim Graham, Law, Law Enforcement, Phil Mendelson, Police  
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Police routinely check if someone has an outstanding warrant when they are arrested, how is checking for other illegal activity a bad thing. The police are not going out on the streets and just rounding up people to check immigration status on. They would have to have been detained for an actual crime.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | April 28, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The Pols love illegals because they need their services and support. They keep the pols in business.

Posted by: member8 | April 28, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

i think DC police should check be able to check the immigration status of people they arrest, whats wrong with that if the person is in custody already.

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | April 28, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Yes , Check their finger prints (and DNA if indicated)!! What type of handcuffs are you putting on the cops now- let them do their work!!Illegals should not be here!!! What part of 'illegal' do some of you not understand?!!

Posted by: lsf07 | April 28, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The police should be able to run a check of fingerprints of illegal aliens since they do this for american citizens when arrested for warrants elsewhere. No special privileges for non-citizens.
Next on Councilmember Graham's list-no
arrest of high ranking dc government officials for bribery.

Posted by: maserfentyaintnogood | April 28, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Phil Mendleson and Jim Grahama should be voted out of office. Just who are they to decide what laws the District will or will not enforce. Who made Hispanics an endangered species? We are not hiding Jews from the Nazi.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | April 28, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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