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Immigrant Jail Check Program May Be Extended In LA County

Los Angeles County is considering the extension of a program that checks the immigration status of inmates and sends the information to federal authorities.

The country’s largest sheriff’s department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been negotiating for months, but the county’s board of supervisors will finally consider the proposal on Tuesday.

Across the country, law enforcement agencies renewed similar federal cooperation policies with changes added.

Steve Whitmore, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department, said the county held out to avoid making some of the newer changes which would have required more paperwork.

Many immigrant advocates are asking the county to end the program all together as the program could lead to racial profiling and have a negative effect of community policing.