3,000 illegals processed for deportation in Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Davidson County sheriff's officials say some 3,000 illegal immigrants have been processed in the past year for deportation at county jails as part of a federal program.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security approved the county to participate in the program that provides immigration law training to local deputies and access to DHS immigration databases.

Fifteen deputies in Davidson County were trained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to identify and detain illegal immigrants booked into jail.

Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall requested the program in 2006 after his office came under fire when an illegal immigrant who had been arrested multiple times on misdemeanor drunk driving charges but never deported was charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a husband and wife.

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