Panel Considering Training Colo. Jail Deputies to Spot Illegal Immigrants

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Golden, Colo. (AP) A panel reviewing immigration enforcement in Colorado is considering training jail deputies to spot detainees who are in the country illegally, to expedite deportation proceedings and ease overcrowded jails.

The training would be similar to what some law enforcement agencies around the country receive to enforce immigration law during the course of their patrolling.

The panel is expected to meet once more before it delivers a final report to Governor Ritter with its recommendations by the end of the year.

Ritter ordered the review by the state department of public safety after a suspected illegal immigrant was accused of causing a September crash at an Aurora ice cream store that killed three people.

Francis Hernandez, the suspect in the crash, was arrested on driving violations more than a dozen times by various law enforcement agencies in the state. But immigration and customs enforcement says it was never notified.

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