In last week's police reports in the Mail Tribune, two individuals who were arrested were identified as illegal immigrants, one for a sex crime and one for driving while intoxicated. Are these individuals reported to the federal authorities?

In last week's police reports in the Mail Tribune, two individuals who were arrested were identified as illegal immigrants, one for a sex crime and one for driving while intoxicated. Are these individuals reported to the federal authorities?

— Ralph W., Eagle Point

Being an illegal alien is a federal crime. Local law enforcement isn't allowed to arrest someone for being an illegal alien. But when police arrest someone on another charge and they find out or suspect the person is in the country illegally, they notify federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Medford police Sgt. C. Teresi.

Federal authorities decide whether to charge the person with being an illegal alien and put a hold on him in jail. That's why the suspects you mentioned who were arrested late Saturday and early Sunday weren't given the option of bail.

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