01/24/2011

Fla. sheriff says immigration law would burden jails

Sarasota Sheriff Tom Knight said he agrees with the general philosophy of getting illegal immigrants off the street

By Jeremy Wallace
Sarasota Herald Tribune

If Florida passes tough new immigration laws like Arizona's, Sarasota will be forced to build a new jail to deal with the new arrests, Sarasota's sheriff is warning.

Speaking to more than 120 people at a Sarasota Republican Club meeting, Sheriff Tom Knight said he agrees with the general philosophy of getting illegal immigrants off the street, but realistically Sarasota County doesn't have the jail space to house them.

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