Local Police Oppose Role In Immigration Enforcement



Most law enforcement officials believe that the costs for local police agencies of taking part in the U.S. Immigation and Customs Enforcement’s law enforcement program, known as 287(g), outweigh the benefits, the Washington, D.C.-based Police Foundation said today. In a report on “Striking a Balance Between Immigration Enforcement and Civil Liberties,” the foundation said most participants in a conference it held believe local police “should be prohibited from arresting and detaining persons to solvely investigate immigration status in the absence of probable cause of an independent state criminal law violation.”

The foundation report said that local and state authorities who take part in federal immigration enforcement should develop procedures for monitoring racial profiling and abuse of authority. The report, which will be discussed at a news conference today in Washington, includes results of a survey by the foundation of law enforcement executives and other background material from the conference.

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