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Program to identify illegal immigrants in jails should be expanded, L.A. sheriff says


The L.A. Sheriff's Department wants to extend a joint project with federal immigration officials to  identify illegal immigrants in the L.A. jail system.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a request by L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca for his department to continue working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the effort to track illegal-immigrant criminals.

L.A. County was a pioneer in working with the federal officials on screening inmates, and more than 11,000 have been referred to ICE for possible deportation, according to a Times report.

The program has won praise from some politicians and has been embraced by other counties, but some civil-liberties groups have objected.

In 2008, L.A. jailers estimated that about 4,000 inmates -- or one-fifth of the daily jail population -- were foreign-born, according to the Sheriff's Department. About 3,100 inmates probably are eligible for deportation, the department said, either because they are illegal immigrants or because their criminal records have invalidated their green cards.

According to a memo signed by Baca, the new agreement would continue the partnership with a few changes.

"In July 2009, ICE asked all of its participating agencies to sign revised memorandums of agreement that improved oversight, management, and communication within the program," Baca wrote. "The duties of Department personnel will continue to be the same duties performed under the previously approved agreement; however, there will be enhanced supervision by ICE personnel along with additional training."

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Inside Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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Now these are the immigrants they can send on their way!!!

Excellent program.

Why doesn't the City of Los Angeles do this?

One more thing. Notice the lack of emphasis that almost 20% of the county prison population is eligible for parole.

Can we extrapolate that to the whole State?

The real pioneer in screening inmates for deportation is Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Instead of boycotting the State of Arizona ( L.A. can't fulfill this one anyway-a joke) why don't you get a little training from him, or just any one of his deputies!

Shhhhhhhhhhh, Don't tell chief Beck that. People in the immigrant community will stop talking to him....

I agree. I support Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the legalization of the 11 million persons in the US without documentation. I support the DREAM Act and the AgJOBS Act. People who have come to America without documentation seeking a better life for themselves and their families, who work and pay taxes (the majority) deserve a means of remaining in the US legally. But if you come to the US and wind up in jail for what ever reason you should have your identity and immigration status checked, and if you are here without documentation you should be referred to ICE. As far as I am aware we are not speaking of a law like in Arizona that permits a law enforcement officer to stop you and check your status. If these persons are booked into jail for an alleged crime, that is different than being booked because of their immigration status. There is a distinction.

This article - if true - continues to make our city/county look so foolish. We only need to look eastward to our friends in Arizona to learn what good policy is. Let's stop making Jan Brewer and Sheriff Joe the Bad Guys, instead let us emulate their policies as quickly as possible to rid our state of these vermin.

Great idea....finsih their time and sent them back to mexico or wherever esle they came from ASAP

sorry Rudolph....keep DREAMIN BECAUSE AMNESTY IS NOT HAPPENING.......not without going through the formal process of becomintg a citizen and paying back taxes and fines for hwoever long they were here illegally costing us CITIZENS money

Isn't this the DOJ/ICE program called "Secure Communities Agreement"?

Doesn't this program not violate the City of Los Angeles' Sanctuary Cities status?

FYI Tom, Long Beach, California-- Undocumented immigrants DO pay taxes through either a tax ID number or a fake green card, SS card, or fake ID card. They most absolutely do pay taxes and many of them DON'T COLLECT ANY MONEY BACK.

I do not support the dream act..we are a product of our parents terrible decisions..they can go to mex, germany or poland for their college..why are illegals getting in state tuition that is funded by the tax payers and legal US citizens my pay out of state tuition if they went to high school in a different state, this is not fair..it is not fair that illegals get free chemo, free dialysis, the illegals in high school with babies get free day care as well as food stamps..

People who have come to America without documentation seeking a better life for themselves and their families, who work and pay taxes (the majority) deserve a means of remaining in the US legally. No they don't. No, they don't pay taxes, MOST OF THEM and no, they don't "deserve" anything just because of their selfish desire to come here.

FYI Lauren--Illegal immigrants DO NOT usually pay taxes (unless forced to do so to keep their fake SSA cover). Those that do often get the tax payments returned PLUS the earned income tax credit.


we could identify illegals at every level,and should. then we could DEPORT them. there are 50millions so it will take a little time.

I support amnisty for all undocumented workers. They all have been paying taxes without the benefits. Down with arpaio,this guy is a selfish and a racist,must be removed from office. Arizona is a poor state that needs all the help to overcome all economic problems not by attacking its inhabitants but by working together. It's too bad that people who are in public office instead of working for a good solution as a whole for the people they represent they undermine the very little they have achieved for years. Down with Arpaio and people alike.

ICE could have an "undercover" garage sale!

Illegal aliens are destroying this Country, and one would have to be almost blind not to see this. How much longer do we have to support these illegal aliens? How much longer do we have to school their illegal alien children? How much longer are we going to let them have our jobs? How much longer are we going to put up with all the crime, stolen identities, forged documents, fake green cards? How much longer are we going to allow these illegal aliens to send money out of this Country and bring our Country down? Oh, amnesty will correct all this. WRONG! Nothing will change except we wouldn't be able to call them illegal aliens any more. Let's get rid of these illegal aliens! Let's get them back to their own Country where they belong!

All I keep hearing is comprehensive immigration reform, comprehensive immigration reform, comprehensive immigration reform. How about some comprehensive ENFORCEMENT reform to get the illegal aliens out of this country?

I'm sure these folks are paying tons of taxes to the state of California:


sounds like a good way to recoup money owed.


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