BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) – Grieving families, who lost loved ones at the hands of illegal immigrants, showed their support for a program that would train sheriff’s deputies in Florida to serve as immigration officers.
Vicki Lyon’s daughter died in 2001 and authorities said an undocumented immigrant caused the crash.
“This has got to stop,” Lyon said Tuesday. “We got to get behind our governor and our sheriff’s departments. We got to get these laws straightened up,” she said.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, (R) Florida, joined the sheriffs of Hernando and Pasco Counties to announce the use of local deputies as immigration officers.
“When you have someone in their custody and they’re not here legally, it makes sense to work with federal officials to make sure they’re not released back into society,” the governor said.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is one of five in Florida taking part in the 287-G Program. Others hope to join soon.
It’s a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act that allows officails within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to train local and state law enforcement to work as federal immigration officials.
It can pave the way to get illegal immigrants through the system quickly, authorities said.
Gov. DeSantis said he hopes to soon apply the program to the state prison system where roughly 4,500 illegal immigrants are housed.
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