County leaders face immigration issues

Friday, September 7, 2007
Don Ledford

Enforcement of immigration laws was considered by Marshall County's Jail Committee members on Wednesday evening when they realized about $150,000 is needed in next year's budget for enforcement issues. Immigration enforcement in nearby communities will make the problem worse here.

"When the heat gets on them, they'll come this way," Sheriff Les Helton replied to Commissioner Scotty Poarch who asked about enforcement in Nashville. "We're not looking at a round-up. Now, they're just processed -- booked into the jail" when they're arrested on other charges.

Jail Administrator Sam Bragg reported Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have a four-week school for deputies or corrections officers to check inmates' citizenship so deportation can routinely follow disposition of court cases.

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