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New Haven opposes immigration program

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

The federal government is launching its Secure Communities program in Connecticut. The program uses fingerprints collected in local jails to identify illegal immigrants who have been arrested.

New Haven continues to fight against the program, calling it racial profiling.

"Secure communities would subject every person arrested in Connecticut to an immigration background check," said Jessica Vlasberg, a Yale Law School student.

The program has triggered a boisterous response from human rights groups who fear that the program can lead to racial profiling.

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano said the program racially targets invidious. He plans to continue to fight against the program.

The state says it's looking to find a balance, only wanting to hold those who are accused of major offenses.

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