Criminal Alien Program Gets Mixed Reviews

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IRVING, Texas (AP) - Irving city officials targeted by Latino groups say they've received hundreds of phone calls and e-mails supporting a police program that identifies suspects for possible deportation. That's since about 2,000 protesters marched on City Hall last week.

But Carlos Quintanilla, an organizer of Wednesday's rally, disputed the claim and said the mayor and his staff are just trying to rally their bases.

Quintanilla and other activists asked the crowd during the protest to call City Hall and demand a stop to the Criminal Alien Program, which allows jailers to identify suspected illegal immigrants and refer them to immigration authorities.

But city officials say that of the nearly 500 calls and more than 250 e-mails received the day after the protest, few were against the program.