Skip to comments.Board to vote on funds for illegal alien resolution
Posted on 02/04/2008 10:44:50 AM PST by chambley1
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether to use all but a sliver of its contingency reserve fund to support the anti-illegal immigration resolution.
The police department needs $793,425 to begin enforcing the resolution that was adopted by the board in October.
County documents show that the money will be used to pay for salaries, overtime, training, computer services, software upgrades, hardware replacement, vehicle maintenance, gasoline, printed supplies, new police equipment, help desk support and new and leased vehicles.
The expenditure will leave $3,369 in the contingency fund which comes from the county's general fund.
The supervisors will also hear a presentation on the Prince William County Police Department's progress in implementing the resolution.
Prince William police Chief Charlie T. Deane will tell the board that five department detectives, one sergeant and one civilian started Immigration and Customs Enforcement training today.
Upon completing four weeks of training, the department officials will be allowed to enforce immigration law under the supervision of ICE officials.
Training is also under way for rank-and-file officers to learn to be fair, impartial and reasonable in determining probable cause when they detain people who may be illegal immigrants.
Deane will also tell the supervisors that the department is in the process of teaming with the University of Virginia, James Madison University and the Police Executive Research Forum to evaluate and monitor the effects of implementing the resolution.
Another briefing from Maj. Peter Meletis, the acting superintendent of the Prince William-Manassas regional jail, will also center around illegal immigration.
Meletis will update the supervisors on the jail's progress enforcing section 287(g) of Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act.
Seven jail officers completed training by the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement in June.
Officers who have received the training are authorized to enforce immigration law under the 287(g) program.
Jail records show that since July, 338 inmates who were in the county illegally, have been transferred to ICE.
So far in fiscal 2008, running the program has cost the jail $60,000 for staffing, $75,000 in overtime, $547,500 to farm out inmates to other jails across the state and $140,000 in food, clothing, medical and other miscellaneous costs for a total of roughly $1.3 million.
The supervisors will also hear a report from the Prince William Department of Fire and Rescue on the line-of-duty death of Technician I Kyle Wilson, a Prince William County firefighter who died in April 2007 in a house fire at 15474 Marsh Overlook Drive in Woodbridge.
So are they implying that prior to passing this resolution in Oct. 2007 they weren't jailing any illegal immigrants for other crimes?