Police leaders calling themselves the Law Enforcement Engagement Initiative will present an immigration reform plan this week. The group, including Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel; Arlington, Tx. chief Theron Bowman, and Sheriff Bill McCarthy of Polk County, Iowa, say they “will discuss the damage to public trust and community safety that result from the broken immigration system.” They promise a proposal to overhaul the immigration system that “strengthens border security, restores the rule of law and legalizes undocumented workers in order to build relationships of trust between all resident and the police and enhance public safety.”
The group’s director is Arturo Venegas, Jr., retired police chief of Sacramento. The group says on its Web site that it was created “to advance the dialogue towards common-sense immigration reform among policing professionals and for their voice of reason to be heard throughout America.” The group says it works with professional law enforcement organizations and individual policing executives to educate the public and its elected leaders on the real effects of a broken immigration system and its threat to our national security.