Immigration Program Stirs Clash Of Views

Washington Post, 3/5/2009

police-us1Two suburban Maryland law enforcement chiefs testifying before Congress yesterday gave dramatically different assessments of a controversial federal program that deputizes local officers to enforce immigration law.

Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger warned members of the House Committee on Homeland Security that the program could severely undermine trust between police and immigrant communities. But Sheriff Chuck Jenkins of Frederick County characterized his force’s participation in the program as “an overwhelming success.”

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