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Police officers make immigration arrests under Federal Program

Posted in Crime Prevention September 24th, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

The Colorado State Patrol is among the dozens of nationwide police agencies who have taken advantage of a Federal training program that identifies and detains suspected illegal immigrants. This Federal program began in 2006 and since that time, more than 68,000 arrests for immigration related violations were made.

ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has trained about 800 officers in 18 states in preparing charging documents and issuing immigration detainers. Since July 2007, when this special unit of the Colorado State Patrol was initiated, troopers have arrested 930-suspected illegal immigrants and investigated 40 human smuggling cases that went to court.

Other states that have ICE agreements include California, Georgia and Florida. In Arizona, there are seven participating agencies, North Carolina has eight, and Virginia has the most with nine. Since January 2006, Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department leads in arrests with 15,000.

The State of Minnesota does not have a similar program with ICE. In fact, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Worthington are considered sanctuary cities. They have a “don’t ask don’t tell” policy. During this year’s Minnesota legislative session , Governor Pawlenty asked for a policy to crackdown on illegal immigration, but it never went anywhere. Maybe it’s time to ask your representative to rethink their stand on illegal immigration and start cracking down on those who commit crimes.

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