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Supervisors use tech to ID and deport jailed aliens

Posted: May 12, 2009 5:30 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2009 7:03 p.m.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY - The United States Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division will implement a pilot program called "Secure Communities" that will use modern technology to identify, detain and deport criminal aliens in our county jail system, announced Supervisor Antonovich.

"Illegal immigrants in our county jail system cost taxpayers over $350 million annually," Antonovich said. "By using advanced technology and adding 66 additional personnel, this pilot program will effectively identify criminal aliens for transfer to federal custody."

The county's successful HICAPP program is the model for the "Secure Communities" pilot. Initiated by Antonovich in 2001, the HICAAP program is a collaborative project between the sheriff, local law enforcement and federal government to quickly identify and detain criminal illegal aliens utilizing fingerprint technology to positively identify previously deported criminal illegal aliens.


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