BUFFALO — The federal government's expansion of a program that requires local police to share fingerprints with immigration officials is drawing protests in New York.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sees the "Secure Communities Program" as a tool for finding and deporting criminal illegal aliens.
Opponents say it actually makes communities less secure by damaging relations between immigrants and police.
Concerns led Gov. Andrew Cuomo to suspend the program in June after about half the state's counties had adopted it. But a law enforcement official familiar with the program says Monday it will launch statewide Tuesday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the program.
Immigrants, civil rights activists and elected officials rallied Monday in New York City urging nationwide termination of the program.