MARIETTA, GA -- A new federal program is going into effect in Cobb and Fulton Counties. The program screens the fingerprints of people who are arrested against a national database, in an effort to verify their immigration status. It's drawing praise and criticism.
Fingerprints are one of the few distinguishing features almost all of us have. Being fingerprinted is an activity widely associated with being arrested for committing a crime.
Now, a new program, called Secure Communities, will run the fingerprints of those arrested, against a national database to check an inmate's immigration status.