State Patrol Throws Hoops at Grays Harbor County

MONTESANO, Wash. – The State tells Grays Harbor County that they need to do more to access a national database to check for illegal immigrants. After attempting to integrate with the Secure Communities Interoperability Initiative, Grays Harbor county Sheriff Mike Wheelan said their agency was told they need to do morev “I’m now getting a second letter from Washington State Patrol saying [we] need to get the permission from everybody that books prisoners into your jail before [we] can participate.”
The program would allow the county jail access to the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement database of known illegal immigrants, Wheelan said they are now being asked to get permission from over 20 police stations and municipal courts within the county in order to apply to the program.