Sheriff, Jail Seek Immigration Law Powers

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Sheriff, Jail Seek Immigration Law Powers


Beaufort Gazette

The Beaufort County, S.C., Sheriff's Office Deputies and Detention Center officers could begin fulfilling some of the prerequisites for obtaining some of the authority normally limited to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, according to Beaufort County Sheriff PJ. Tanner. Under current law, local law enforcement officers are not authorized to identify someone as an illegal immigrant and must refer immigration status inquiries to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. However, if local law enforcement officers pass a five-week training and certification process, they can then identify illegal immigrants with federal databases, enter information in those databases, and charge immigrants with violations of immigration law. Ten deputies and two supervising sergeants in the Mecklenburg County, S. …

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