Fresno County Program Expedites Criminal Alien Deportation

Published on July 21st, 2015

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims found an easy solution to deporting criminal aliens and helping protect the community she serves. Mims put Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents inside Fresno’s jails to conduct backgrounds checks on suspects and inmates to ensure that they “don’t fall between the cracks.”

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims’ new program lets ICE do its job.

The process is efficient and quick. Two ICE agents are stationed at the Fresno County jail, and in less than an hour, they can screen inmates before deciding to release or detain them. In the two months since Fresno’s pilot program began, 23 level one or level two criminal aliens have been identified and arrested. Some have been charged with rape, domestic violence or multiple DUI offenses.

Previously in Fresno and most other California cities, ICE agents filed requests with the sheriff’s office requesting to be notified prior to releasing a person of interest. But with ICE agents already now inside the jail, the determination of immigration status proceeds more efficiently. This, said Sheriff Mims, allows ICE to catch people with “severe criminal activity or history.” Watch Sheriff Mims explain her program here.

Mims’ program has ICE’s blessing. ICE Assistant Field Office Director Jose Correa said that his agency supports keeping detainees that pose a public safety risk behind bars.

Please go to the CAPS Action Alert page here to tell your representatives to pass pending legislation that would end sanctuary cites as well as require state and local governments to honor ICE detainer requests.

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