Victoria law enforcement weighs in on immigration debate

May 6, 2011 at 12:06 a.m.

If Texas wants local police to enforce federal immigration law, then the state will have to fund it, said Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor.

The Gulf Coast region has one of the largest apprehension rates in criminal activities, O'Connor said.

"The federal government has the utmost responsibility upholding these laws," he said.

Sheriff's deputies inquire in bookings as to a person's status and if they happen to be illegal, the U.S. Border Patrol is contacted, he said.

"We're very proactive in that aspect," he said. "I don't know how much more we can do on a day-to-day basis."

O'Connor has passed along his thoughts on the debate to the legislature.

"We are in the law and order business," he said.

Interim Victoria Police Chief Roy Boyd declined to comment.



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