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    Decreased illegal population eases strain on local law enfor

    10/15/2011 9:59:00 PM

    Decreased undocumented population eases strain on local law enforcement

    Mark Duncan
    Enterprise Reporter

    YAVAPAI COUNTY - The combination of economic dire straits and strong anti-illegal immigration laws has proven beneficial in some respects for local law enforcement, most notably because of a sharp slowdown in the number of undocumented immigrants booked into the jail.

    Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher, well aware that the number of undocumented aliens taken into custody and/or housed by his department has dropped by nearly two-thirds since 2008, cited the combined factors as a reason.

    "The coyotes (human smugglers) realize that Yavapai County is a 287g county and we're actively enforcing," Mascher said. "Plus, I think that at one time we had a booming economy and lots of jobs that were filled by illegal immigrants."

    YCSO is one of only 83 departments nationwide with 287g status, under which designated personnel receive training in immigration enforcement and have the legal ability to detain suspected illegal immigrants for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), which deports convicted illegal aliens after they have completed their jail or prison sentences.

    In 2008, 1,109 illegal immigrants landed in the county jail at some point. By 2010, that number had fallen to 309 and, thus far in 2011, only 134 had been taken into county custody by mid-September, a number that would prorate out to fewer than 200 by year's end.

    According to Mascher, the changes couldn't have come at a better time.

    "From 2008 to now," he said, "our budget is approximately $3 million less. We've been short-handed and we place our public safety duties over enforcing federal laws. But we're doing the same things now as we were doing in 2008. In 2008, 20 percent of our jail population was illegal immigrants. Now it's in the single digits."

    That decrease in population has had a side benefit, too. In the last fiscal year, Mascher said the department was able to rent bed space to federal authorities, to the tune of almost $2.5 million.

    "The biggest thing we've been working on with the illegal immigrants is the narcotics," Mascher said. "That's what affects us here the most, the drugs going north and the cash going south."

    YCSO has three 287g-trained officers, and they primarily work in the jail, where ICE can follow up on detainees whose immigration status is suspect.

    Ed Preciado, ICE's deputy field officer for detention and removal in northern Arizona, said it makes fiscal sense for the officers in the cooperative program to be in the jail, where they can use available tools to identify detainees who are here illegally.

    "Due to our limited resources, that's where we get the most bang for our buck," Preciado said. "If they get booked into the jail, they're going to get identified and through biometrics, specifically fingerprints. They can't just give us a name and a date of birth. Fingerprints don't lie."

    As to the perceived decline in the amount of criminal activity on the part of illegal immigrants in northern Arizona, Preciado agrees it is so.

    "We have seen a decrease," he said. "I think the word has gotten out to the smuggling community that this is not a place to come to and do business."

    All things considered, Mascher believes the scarcity of crowds of men looking for day labor shows that illegal immigration to these parts is on the decline.

    "We used to have a booming economy and lots of jobs that were filled by illegal immigrants," he said. "We used to have places where guys stood and waited for work in Ash Fork and Cornville but we just don't see that anymore. You add in the workplace enforcement and we just don't have the jobs we used to."

    And the number of drug and human smugglers on the freeways has decreased, as well. Authorities believe the smugglers are consolidating their loads of drugs and/or immigrants in order to reduce their footprint on the roads.

    "The troops are working hard and doing a great job," Mascher said. "I look at our K9 teams and they're making the same amount of stops as before and I ask them, where are the illegals? They tell me they're just not seeing them."

    The same combination of factors has eased an aspect of the strain on the Adult Probation Department, according to Chief Billie Grobe.

    "I suspect (the undocumented probationers) will probably leave (the country), and we'll see an increase in warrants," Grobe said in November 2007, anticipating the implementation of the Legal Arizona Workers Act.

    She turned out to be right on the mark.

    "When the (employer sanctions) law took effect, almost overnight, when the officers were out doing their work in the field, people were no longer at their addresses," Grobe said recently. "They had absconded."

    She added that the department, pre-2008, had three Spanish-speaking-only caseloads of 60-65 cases each.

    "We don't have that any more," Grobe said. "With those caseloads disappearing we were able to tighten our belts when belts needed tightening." ... leID=99069

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    it could also cut down on the missing and exploited children in this nation.Many are kidnapping and selling these kids in prostitution rings .
    Because we are a nation of sheep our children are being used to make our enemies rich. Recruiting them from our schools,pushing drugs on them and using the brainwashed,indoctrinated older ones to promote their agendas.of course this is the fault of the parents for paying more attention to their entertainment and material interest than their childrens safty.
    I have a grandaughter in prison now that was invlved in this drug world direct from mexico starting in her high school. She needed more attention a home and more tough love .it easier to give in than make them respect themselves and you.

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    I lived and watched, kicked and screamed when I realized the Verde Valley was becoming a third word cesspool of illegals and their anchors. The sheriffs office implementing 287g was a great step. Legal workforce. 1070.
    Still, so much collateral damage has been done over the decades.
    If the damn federal government would just get the hell out of the way. Or at least cooperate
    States with the will could really clean out the trash. And it pays for itself.
    It has been proved.

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