Peacekeeping or political posturing?

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard announced yesterday that Oakland County will become the 437th community in the country to tap into a national fingerprint database to identify illegal, and legal, immigrants arrested for criminal activity, reports the Detroit Free Press.

It would be up to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to decide whether or not to initiate deportation proceedings.

While Bouchard said he’s just using another tool in the fight against crime, critics say that the system will lead to racial profiling. Still others hint that Bouchard is hitting a “hot-button issue” that resonates with potential supporters in his gubernatorial race.