Los Angeles County may extend immigrant jail check program

Los Angeles County will consider extending a program with federal authorities to screen inmates' immigration status.

The county's board of supervisors will consider the proposal Tuesday after months of negotiations between the country's biggest sheriff's department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Dozens of law enforcement agencies across the country renewed similar programs with ICE last year with some changes.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore says the county held out to avoid making some of these changes, which demanded more paperwork.

Immigrant advocates want the county to end the program, which they say can lead to racial profiling and hurt community policing.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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