Douglas County Sheriff Gjesdahl Says "Secure Communities" Will Help

July 18, 2011


"margin: 0in 0in 0pt">More than a dozen of Washington state's


counties have joined a federal

program that uses fingerprint

analysis to identify illegal immigrants in county jails. The
so-called Secure Communities initiative is contentious among immigrant advocacy

groups, which argue the program can discourage immigrants from reporting crimes and can lead to the deportation of

people who haven't been convicted of anything. But some involved sheriffs, like Douglas County Sheriff Harvey

Gjesdahl, view the program as another way to be sure people with criminal records are properly

screened. KOHO’s Clint Strand caught up with Gjesdahl on the KOHO Morning Show to get his perspective

on the controversy.



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