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Leaders Concerned Over Deputy Immigration Traning

Last updated on Friday, February 1, 2008

(FORT WAYNE) - Some minority leaders in Fort Wayne are worried about a proposal for sheriff’s deputies to train with federal immigration officials.

Sheriff Ken Fries met with a group of minority representatives this week to hear their concerns. Fries says about 20 officers, including jail staff, would learn how to check immigration status and fill out paperwork that goes to the federal agency.

He says he won't know until fall whether Allen County is accepted or all the details of the arrangement. The status checks would occur only after someone is arrested on a felony charge or on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Fries says working with the federal agency would remove undocumented criminals from the area and prevent them from becoming repeat offenders.

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