Cops may join forces with federal immigration agency

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Village officials are considering a plan that would allow local police officers to get training from federal immigration officials.

The proposal, known as 287G, will enable local police officers to get training on deporting illegal immigrants who commit crimes. Town officials say last year, illegal immigrants made up the more than 25 percent of those arrested in Suffern.

Officials say that punishing criminals is their primary concern, but community residents are concerned that the plan will cause an increase in the profiling of illegal immigrants.

?From a social standpoint, we have a very cohesive cool diverse community. It's just shaking things up and it's leaving a bad perception,? said Dave Gutierrez, of Community Power.

Once approved, Suffern officials will submit their application with the federal government. The process can take up 90 days.

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