The two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who started working with the department last month, assist patrol officers in their contacts with criminal illegal immigrants, said Chief Jim Maher. They help determine whether suspects are in the country illegally or are wanted for deportation, Maher told the paper.
Maher disagreed, saying that the partnership was aimed at making the city safer for all, including immigrants.
"These criminals are victimizing immigrants," Maher said. "We're making those communities safer."
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