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County leaders want info on sheriff's immigration policies
Informal inquiry falls short of advocates' call for investigation into immigration agency ties
Voces de la Frontera and other advocates sought an investigation of links between the sheriff's office and the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, citing anecdotal evidence of some undocumented immigrants who were deported after arrests on minor offenses.
Data on a person's immigration status is obtained only after someone is arrested for some other offense, Schmidt said.
"We do not go around asking people what their immigration status is," he said.
Clarke, in a written statement, said his office provides the same information on people booked into the county jail to federal immigration officials that's publicly available to anyone.
"For anyone to say we should not cooperate with a legally authorized law enforcement agency by sharing our legally obtained information so that they can carry out their lawful responsibility flies in the face of the law enforcement officers' code of conduct," Clarke said in the statement. "This is what happens when emotion replaces logic and reason."
Members of the board's Judiciary Committee requested statistics on the number of county jail inmates turned over to the ICE annually, a fuller explanation of the federal aid and whether participation in the ICE program is voluntary.
Supervisor Lynne De Bruin said she also wanted to know whether the sheriff's policies had changed on dealing with illegal immigrants.
"I'd like to know what the facts are," she said. "I don't know how many are deported out of
First, they are ILLEGALS. That is a problem just on itself.
Second, you don’t go to jail without doing something else illegal!