WASHINGTON— Thirty people have been deported from the District of Columbia under a program that requires states and localities to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
That’s according to data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE). The Washington Times reports that people living in the country illegally are being deported from the district at a lower rate than most states and big cities.
The Times reports that the district submitted nearly 18,000 fingerprint records to ICE from June through March 31. Its deportation rate was second-lowest among the 14 cities with populations of 500,000 or more that gave data to ICE, trailing only Baltimore.
The District is required to send fingerprints to ICE under the Secure Communities program. But city leaders have resisted cooperating with immigration authorities in other ways.