Feds deport some immigrants arrested at DUI checkpoint
KINGS BEACH – A handful of illegal immigrants detained last week by federal agents after being arrested near a DUI checkpoint on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore have since been deported.
On Tuesday, Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, said “several” of the 12 subjects detained at the Friday, Aug. 28, checkpoint in Kings Beach were deported last week to their home countries after being identified as illegals.
She declined to name the subjects, saying ICE doesn’t release the names of deported persons because the matter is administrative, not criminal. Kice also said she couldn’t release the exact number of those deported.
The checkpoint near the intersection of Highways 28 and 267 in Kings Beach was operated by the Truckee-based California Highway Patrol, which used the site to detain three DUI drivers.
Kice said ICE agents from Sacramento were aware of the checkpoint in mid-August and decided to staff an area near it with federal personnel when it became clear local law enforcement couldn’t transport illegal subjects detained at the stop.
“Of the 12 individuals we identified who were potentially deportable, 10 were the subject of ICE detainers and the other two were arrested on local charges,” Kice said.
The subjects were housed at the Placer County Jail in Auburn, because ICE doesn’t have a detention facility in Northern California, Kice said.
Once their immigration status were determined, ICE either deported the subjects or placed a detainer on them so the subjects may face local and state charges.
Last week, ICE and local law enforcement disagreed on the matter of who transported the detainees to Auburn.
According to a Thursday, Sept. 3, story published at http://www.sierrasun.com, Kice said CHP and Placer ran the operation from arrests to the transport, while Sgt. Steve Bryan with CHP maintained ICE had agents on the scene to detain and transport the subjects.
Kice attributed the disagreement to faulty information provided to her by ICE field agents in Northern California.
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