Law Officers Train With ICE

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The former Immigration and Naturalization Service, or INS, is now a part of the Department of Homeland Security and called Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

ICE agents were in the area Wednesday training local law enforcement to use the Law Enforcement Support Center.

"The Law Enforcement Support Center is a 24/7, 365 operation located in central Vermont. What they do is provide information to all law enforcement agencies, federal, state and local on the status of immigrants," said ICE agent, Harry Moran.

The training focuses on how to conduct a computer inquiry. An inquiry only takes about five to ten minutes.

"Of course, we need to be watching for anyone who has reentered the country illegally who may have intentions of doing harm in the United States," Moran said.

The LESC has been available to law enforcement in Mississippi for about 2 1/2 years but ICE officials say it has been underutilized.

"That's the purpose of this training, to get the word out, the message, that this is available to the law enforcement community and it's a great tool for them," said Moran. "We've had a very good response to this training and everybody's going to benefit."

Meanwhile, a federal grand jury in Mississippi has indicted Orlando Llanos Gomez for allegedly entering the U.S. illegally. He was caught in Lauderdale County in April 2003, after having been deported in the past.