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Quinn, Officials Oppose Restart Of Secure Communities Program

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is opposed to tomorrow's reactivation of the Secure Communities program, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported.

The program will give immigration officials access to fingerprints of undocumented immigrants in local jails, including those in New York City.

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Quinn was joined in her opposition on the City Hall steps by a host of other politicians and activists.

"Secure Communities takes a dragnet approach, and that implementation leads to the deportation of too many immigrants who pose no public safety threat to the city or state of New York or to our country at all," Quinn told reporters.

She said that the federal officials often went beyond the scope of the program.

"ICE continues to enforce Secure Communities regard to an individual's community or family ties, deporting those who pose no potential risk to public safety at all," she said.

Quinn added that often people who are the rock of stability for their families end up being deported.

Concerns led Gov. Andrew Cuomo to suspend the program in June after about half the state's counties had adopted it.

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