Illegal Immigrants Allowed To Volunteer Information In Lieu Of Being Fingerprinted
New York, New York – The New York Police Department said it did not fingerprint protesters believed to be illegal immigrants if they provided information willingly as a way to avoid alerting state and federal government agencies they were undocumented.
It is common for illegal immigrants to use multiple different identities in order to avoid detection of warrants or license suspension, and fingerprinting is often the only way to accurately identify them.
On Thursday, thousands of protesters marched on the Brooklyn Bridge in protest of Attorney General Jeff Sessions ending a program started by then President Barack Obama to shield about 800,000 young undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
The program is called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Some of the 47 protesters arrested were recipients of DACA, WNBC TV reported. The NYPD said the protesters arrested outside of Trump Towers weren’t fingerprinted if they provided their information willingly.
No fingerprints means no arrest information transmitted to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and no way to verify that they were telling the truth about their identity.
WNBC reported that The Mayor’s Office confirmed those arrested at Brooklyn Bridge who cooperated with police were ticketed and released. No fingerprinting would be done to avoid alerting state or federal agencies that those arrested were undocumented, the TV station reported.
Basi Alonso is a DACA recipient who was arrested in the protests.
Alonso told WNBC, “We are a part of this country’s fabric. I have been here my entire life. I’ve been paying my taxes, I went to school here. My parents work here.”
The Federation for American Immigration Reform, a national group in support of immigration reform group, supported Trump’s decision to end DACA.
“The winding down period announced today will not only give DACA recipients time to get their affairs in order, but also gives Congress a unique opportunity to reengage in the immigration debate,” said FAIR President Dan Stein.
“President Trump has indicated that he is willing to forge a long-term solution for real immigration reform, but it takes two sides to make a deal. The American public is watching,” said Stein.
President Trump has voiced support for congress to pass a law to make protections for DACA recipients permanent, making them legal immigrants.