- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 6, 2006

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Local authorities are asking the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to make Nashville one of only a few local governments allowed to identify and detain illegal aliens who are arrested on criminal charges.

In a letter sent last month to ICE Assistant Secretary Julie Myers, Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall asked to participate in a program that would enable sheriff’s deputies to enforce federal immigration laws.

“The truth of the matter is the immigration system is broken,” Sheriff Hall said Tuesday. “We do not have a system that communicates back with us and tells us that an individual needs to be deported.”

The program Davidson County is requesting, approved by Congress in 1996, would provide training for sheriff’s deputies on how to identify whether a suspect is in the country illegally and how to put an illegal alien on track to be deported.

The program might have caught Gustavo Reyes Garcia before he drove drunk and smashed into a sedan in June, police said, killing a Mount Juliet couple. Garcia had been arrested at least 14 times before the incident.

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