HOUSTON - The Harris County Sheriff's Office is beginning to look a lot like the federal immigration office.
That's because each month more than a thousand illegal immigrants are identified and turned over the feds at the jail.
This is part of the 287G federal program. It's training provided for local law enforcement officers to spot illegals through a series of questions and interviewing techniques.
That's after they're arrested on other criminal charges.
Lt. Michael Lindsay oversees the program at Harris County.
He says, "there's no doubt it's helping to stop crimes."
Since the program began deputies have placed holds on illegals from Vietnam, Cameroon, Pakistan and of course Mexico.
Lt. Lindsay says the program has helped them collar some very violent offenders wanted all over the world...