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  • MOU Provides for Immigration Enforcement Training
  • 5/17/2005
  • MOU Provides for Immigration Enforcement Training for
    LA Sheriff’s Department’s Custody Employees

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security, Asa Hutchinson signed a memorandum of agreement (MOU) on behalf of the DHS with the Los Angeles County, CA Board of Supervisors. Under the agreement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) crafted a six-month pilot program utilizing ICE supervisors to train and certify selected personnel within Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). Once trained, LASD personnel will be able to perform certain functions of a federal immigration officer within the secure setting of Los Angeles County jail facilities.

    Under Secretary Hutchinson today presented the MOU to Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca. Following a conversation with Sheriff Baca, Under Secretary Hutchinson issued the following statement:

    "Today we announce our continued commitment to enhancing immigration enforcement in the state of California by providing a four-week training course to personnel of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. This training will accomplish two major goals. First, the public should be assured that our immigration laws are enforced by those with comprehensive training and secondly, that there will be more effective enforcement of our immigration laws, helping to improve integrity to our immigration system."

    Moreover, Sheriff Baca said: “There are too many illegal immigrants arrested and convicted of crimes in Los Angeles County. These efforts should send a strong message that crime does not pay.”

    Under Secretary Hutchinson praised both California Representative Christopher Cox and Sheriff Baca for their continued leadership and strong commitment in making this partnership possible.

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