NWA Sheriff Asks for Expansion to Immigration Program

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking county funding for additional positions to work on its immigration enforcement team.

Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder says he will ask the county to pay for at least two more full-time positions, at the county personnel committee's next meeting February 5.

Officials announced last fall that 19 trained officers from the Rogers and Springdale police departments and the Benton and Washington County sheriff's offices would work on the Northwest Arkansas Immigration Criminal Apprehension Task Force with federal immigration agents.  The agreement allows the officers to check the immigration status of the people they arrest and begin deportation proceedings against those in the country illegally.

Helder says that in October and November, there were about 60 to 80 additional arrests related to immigration laws.

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