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More Legal Status Checks for Jail Guards

DALLAS (AP) - The status of Dallas County jail guards or deputies will be reviewed more often after an officer was accused of being in the U.S. illegally.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Leach on Monday said frequent work-eligibility checks will be required.

Jailer Maria Elvia Ross was arrested Friday. A background check on Ross, who sought to become a deputy, revealed her immigration status.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok says Ross was deported in 1998.

The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday that records show Ross has been married and divorced twice in Dallas County since 2000.

Human resources director Mattye Mauldin-Taylor says Ross had a temporary work permit when hired in 2001, two years before a rule requiring deputies and jail guards to be U.S. citizens.

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