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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dallas jail guard arrested, faces deportation

By The Associated Press
July 9, 2010

DALLAS — A Dallas County jail guard is facing deportation for allegedly being in the country illegally.

Officials say federal immigration officers arrested 34-year-old Maria Elvia Ross on Friday after a background check revealed her status.

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price says Ross has been working for the department since 2001 and was trying to become a sheriff's deputy. He says a background check revealed her status.

He says finding out was a "shock" and the department should have caught it when she was first hired.

Sheriff spokeswoman Kim Leach says the matter is under investigation.

The Associated Press could not find a phone listing for Ross, and no attorney information was available from authorities.