Central Florida jails join immigration-enforcement effort

Four Central Florida counties are joining a growing list of law enforcement jails on a federal push to identify and deport illegal immigrants already behind bars, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced Monday.

Orange, Osceola, Polk and Volusia counties will join Lake in the “Secure Communities Initiative,” which gives jails access to combined FBI and Homeland Security databases of criminal and immigration violations. The arrangement comes through an agreement between ICE and the state and allows jails to submit fingerprint data for their inmates to be checked against federal records.

Activists are complaining about the partnerships, saying they don’t want Florida to enforce immigration offenses like Arizona, where a controversial new law making illegal immigration a state crime has stirred fears of racial profiling and civil-rights violations.

Read the full article at the Orlando Sentinel’s website.