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Crime & Justice

Impact of Sheriff McDonnell greenlighting ICE agents in LA county jails




Immigrants prepare to be unshackled and set free from the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California.
Immigrants prepare to be unshackled and set free from the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California.
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Immigration rights groups this morning are protesting a new policy allowing agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement access to inmates in LA County jails.

In a letter to the county's governing board, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said deputies in county jails would continue to abide by California’s Trust Act when determining how they cooperate with federal immigration agents who seek to deport men and women who don't have legal immigration status and are found guilty of crimes.’ AirTalk will debate the new policies’

For more on this story from KPCC, click HERE.

Guest:

Melissa Keaney, Staff Attorney, Los Angeles office of the National Immigration Law Centre

Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies