EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio – The city of East Cleveland agreed to report arrests of undocumented immigrants to federal authorities when it applied for Justice Department grant money that will be used to hire two new police officers, officials said.
The Justice Department on Monday awarded more than $425,000 in grant money to the city, which requested the funding to combat street gangs. The city will use the money, from the Community Oriented Policing Services’ Hiring Program, to pay 75 percent of two full-time police officers’ salaries and benefits for three years.
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The Justice Department gave special consideration to grant applicants who agreed to report undocumented immigrants in police custody and let federal immigration agents into local jails. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said roughly 80
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