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Police Chiefs on Local Enforcement


Local Law Enforcement Leaders Oppose Mandates to Engage in Immigration Enforcement (PDF)

Quotations from law enforcement associations, departments, and officials (including police chiefs) that have expressed opposition to any mandates that require them to enforce immigration law. Includes an extensive list of entities and officials who have expressed opposition to such mandates.

(The list of entities and officials includes page numbers that, in the PDF file, are hyperlinked to specific quotations or sources. The best way to make use of the hyperlinks, when viewing the document in Adobe Reader, is to "Enable Scrolling" in "View > Page Display." In that page display option, clicking on a hyperlink will take you directly to the quotation's or source's heading.)

Police Chiefs Guide to Immigration Issues (International Association of Chiefs of Police, 7/07)

From the introductory letter by Joseph C. Carter: “This Project Response document provides police chiefs with an overview of the issues surrounding immigration, both legal and illegal, provides background information on the current resources available to law enforcement, and examines the concerns and obstacles that currently surround the debate over immigration enforcement by the state, tribal, and local law enforcement community. We hope it will promote informed decision making as police leaders throughout the United States continue to confront this issue.”

Major Cities [Law Enforcement] Chiefs' statement on enforcement of immigration law by local agencies

From the June 8, 2006, news release accompanying the statement: “Members of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, comprised of the largest police agencies in America, are the first responders to over fifty million residents. We are very concerned that the public policy [currently] under consideration [in the U.S. Congress] does not take into full account the realities of local law enforcement in dealing with this issue on the ground.”