CSP: Immigration Unit Made Nearly 800 Arrests

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Denver (AP) _ The Colorado State Patrol says its Immigration
Unit has arrested nearly 800 suspected illegal immigrants and
investigated 33 human smuggling cases since it became operational
last year.

The figures were released friday.

The Immigration Enforcement Unit has 23 troopers around the
state whose primary responsibility is investigating illegal
immigration and human smuggling.

Patrol Sgt. Todd James says the troopers get four weeks of
special training. he says the 23 officers aren't enough to patrol
the entire state.

The legislature established the unit in 2006, authorizing the
patrol to hire additional troopers so its other duties would not
suffer. It became operational in july 2007.

Colorado was the 17th state to form such a unit.

(Copyright 2008 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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