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ICYMI: The New Yorker: “Why Police Chiefs Oppose Texas’s New Anti-Immigrant Law”

One week ago, more than one thousand people descended on the Texas Capitol to stand against the state’s anti-immigrant “show me your papers” law, SB4, which will allow for racial discrimination against people of color across the state. In a new piece for The New Yorker, Jonathan Blitzer reviews the intense reactions from Texas police … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Lawmaker, Law Enforcement Blast Texas “Show Me Your Papers” SB4 Law and National Legislation Cut from Same Cloth

Since President Trump’s inauguration, we’ve seen a slew of anti-immigrant legislation proposed on both the local and national level. Earlier this month, the Texas legislature passed the SB4 law, the virulently anti-civil rights, anti-immigrant, and anti-public safety legislation that includes a provision similar to Arizona’s infamous ‘show me your papers’ law, which takes the cake for the worst … Continue reading »

Washington Post on Two Consequences of Trump’s Immigration Extremism: Fear of Broken Families and Refusal to Report Crimes

Recent Washington Post stories capture two devastating consequences of the Trump Administration’s mass deportation vision and implementation: undocumented parents of millions of U.S. citizen children are trying to plan for their potential separation due to deportation; and police departments across America are reporting a disturbing drop in crime reporting due to immigrants’ fear of the … Continue reading »

Trump’s Attack on Sanctuary Cities Angering Law Enforcement, Including Trump Supporters

Earlier this week, Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration’s plan to start cutting federal funding off from cities with immigrant-friendly policies. It’s a stupid move that stands counter to improving public safety, and some three dozen cities have already announced lawsuits over the threat. But it’s not just big, progressive cities that are opposing Trump on this … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Radley Balko: “Trump doesn’t support cops. He supports cops who agree with him.”

In a new opinion piece for the Washington Post, Radley Balko reviews the attacks launched yesterday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions against local law enforcement agencies that refuse to act as ICE agents.  It is an excellent summary of the current state of the debate over so-called “sanctuary cities” and is a must read. Balko’s entire … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Santa Cruz Police Chief Blasts DHS for Betrayal

A joint operation targeting gangs becomes cover for an immigration sweep Washington, DC – As we highlighted yesterday, law enforcement voices across the country are speaking out against Trump’s mass deportation. In a press conference held yesterday, Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel joined the chorus, big league. Chief Vogel’s police department originally worked with … Continue reading »

Cruel, Chaotic and Costly: The Fallout from Trump’s Mass Deportation Blueprint

Washington, DC – The Trump Administration’s blueprint for mass deportation, laid out in detail by this week’s DHS implementation memos, are set to be cruel, chaotic and costly. Trump’s radicalism on immigration has plunged millions of families into crisis, caused confusion, division and fear throughout America and the world and are unpopular with the American … Continue reading »

Police Chiefs File Amicus Brief in Support of Executive Action

Twelve states filed an amicus brief supporting President Obama’s recent executive action today, and a number of law enforcement officials from around the country did the same, bolstering the fact that Obama’s immigration action is a common-sense practice that has a long history of precedent. The law enforcement amicus brief was filed by the Major … Continue reading »

Former NY, LA Police Commissioner Bill Bratton: Immigration Reform is "Long Overdue"

As part of their continuing series of “Bibles, Badges, and Business” events, the Forging a New Consensus project of the National Immigration Forum today held a press conference with Bill Bratton, the former Police Commissioner to both the Los Angeles and New York Police Departments.  In the midst of continuing Republican insistence that the border … Continue reading »