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Melissa Duran, Reporter

Metro Checking Legal Status of Inmates

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Metro says the whole purpose of this partnership is to keep criminals off the streets and will hopefully not scare illegal immigrants from getting help from police. Metro says the whole purpose of this partnership is to keep criminals off the streets and will hopefully not scare illegal immigrants from getting help from police.
Once they are turned over to ICE, they could still have the chance of appearing before an immigration judge to see if there is any way they could stay in the country. Once they are turned over to ICE, they could still have the chance of appearing before an immigration judge to see if there is any way they could stay in the country.

Undocumented immigrants who pass through the Clark County Detention Center now have more than just criminal charges to worry about. There's a good chance they'll be deported.

10 Metro Correction Officers now have the ability to check the legal status of immigrants who are arrested. In the past, this wasn't allowed, but a new partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement now gives officers that right.

Under the agreement, some detention officers would have access to a federal database that would help them determine if a suspect is in the country illegally.

Starting at the end of this month, all foreign-born suspects will be run through this database and will be turned over to ICE once their criminal process is complete.

Metro says the whole purpose of this partnership is to keep criminals off the streets and will hopefully not scare illegal immigrants from getting help from police.

"This is a jail-based program. Police officers out in the street are not participating in this process," said Sheriff Doug Gillespie "This is people that are in handcuffs walked into CCDC and are under arrest."

Here's the catch, even if that illegal immigrant is found not guilty of the criminal charge that landed them in jail in the first place, he or she is still turned over to ICE.

It is not automatic deportation. Once they are turned over to ICE, they could still have the chance of appearing before an immigration judge to see if there is any way they could stay in the country.

Metro says they want to start up with this program by the end of the month.

To combat racial profiling, Metro says anyone who is foreign born will be run through the system.

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