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Tenn. officials showing no interest in immigration training

Tenn. officials showing no interest in immigration training

June 9, 2004

CHATTANOOGA (AP) -- Tennessee officials are steering clear of a federal program that trains state police on enforcement of immigration laws and empowers them to make related arrests.

Department of Safety officials say they are busy merging a truck inspection program with the Highway Patrol and just don't have the manpower right now.

Spokeswoman Beth Denton says there are no plans to train personnel specifically on immigration.

Two states, Florida and Alabama, have signed up. Their agreements with the Justice Department are made permissible under a 1996 law.

The agreements have allowed dozens of state police or troopers to enforce immigration laws after getting specialized training from federal agents.

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