Fruita, Colo. (AP) Colorado's State Patrol is among dozens of police agencies nationwide taking advantage of a federal training program to identify and detain suspected illegal immigrants.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Spokesman Carl Rusnok says that since the program began in 2006, these agencies have made more than 68,000 arrests for immigration-related violations.
ICE has trained about 800 officers in 18 states to prepare charging documents and issue immigration detainers. Eighty training requests are pending from police departments, state patrols, sheriff's offices and corrections departments.
Colorado created its State Patrol unit during a 2006 special legislative session that was sparked by the arrests of more than 100 suspected illegal immigrants in crashes and traffic stops in a two-day period.
ICE says the unit has arrested 930 suspected illegal immigrants since it became operational in July 2007. The state patrol says Colorado troopers also investigated 40 human smuggling cases that went to court.