House approves $891K for immigration strike force

House approves $891K for immigration strike force

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah House has approved spending $891,000 to create a strike force that would focus on combatting violent crimes and other major felonies associated with illegal immigration.

House Bill 64, sponsored by Rep. Brad Dee, R-Ogden, would authorize the Utah attorney general's office to coordinate the force, which would include multiple local law enforcement agencies.

Federal immigration and customs officers would also be allowed to participate in the strike force.

Dee's bill also calls for creating a fraudulent documents identification unit within the attorney general's office.

The bill passed in the House on Monday 69-5. It now advances to the Senate.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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