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Posted: August 16, 2011 11:48 a.m.

GA protest of ICE fingerprint program

ATLANTA - Latino community and immigrant outreach groups plan to rally at the Georgia Democratic Party headquarters to protest a program that gives immigration authorities access to the fingerprints of arrestees.

The rally in Atlanta is one of several set for Tuesday at Democratic Party offices around the country. The groups are calling on President Barack Obama to end the Secure Communities program.

Opponents of the program say it lands immigrants arrested for investigation of minor violations in detention and erodes their trust in police.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement program is being used in 44 states and nationwide coverage is planned by 2013.

It's in place in 43 of Georgia's 159 counties, and Georgia Republican congressmen have been pushing the federal government to roll it out faster in the state. 

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