DENVER (CBS4)- A controversial program has the two Denver mayoral candidates on opposite sides of a heated debate.
One group of Latino activists, the Colorado Latino Forum, is calling on Michael Hancock to limit Denver’s participation in the “Secure Communities” program. Chris Romer has already signed a pledge promising that if he is elected mayor, Denver would only report data about convicted felons to immigration authorities.
The federal program checks the fingerprints of all people arrested against a national database. It also checks their legal status and arrest record. Three counties in Colorado, including Denver, participate in the program.
A federal investigation is under way into how immigration authorities are using “Secure Communities” to identify and deport dangerous criminals who are illegal immigrants.