When Denver voters rejected a proposal
last week by 70% to force police to automatically impound cars of
unlicensed drivers -- an anti-immigrant measure designed to punish
undocumented immigrants who can't get drivers licenses -- they followed
the trend of communities across the nation, often led by public safety
officials themselves, who are refusing to divert scarce public
resources for anti-immigrant purposes.
Local communities are increasingly rejecting punitive anti-immigrant
law enforcement policies such as 287g from the previous administration.
They are walking away from agreements to have local police serve as
federal immigration authorities, rejecting both their budgetary costs
and the way they damage relationships and trust between police and the
communities they serve.
should emphasize that we do not improve public safety by making immigrants
afraid to cooperate with the police or anti-terror authorities. States should condemn turning every police
officer or, even worse, every social worker into a potential immigration
enforcement agent, because it undermines community policing and other known
effective law enforcement approaches.
Rhode Island's HB 5237 and New Hampshire's HB 404 would prohibit the use
of state and local law enforcement agencies for the purpose of detecting or
apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of
foreign citizenship who are in violation of federal immigration
over immigrants encourages racial profiling by law enforcement, so proposals
like Texas HB 2428 / SB 150 would prohibit law
enforcement profiling based on a person's immigration or nationality status.