Arlington Deputy Police Chief Kim Lemaux joined three other law enforcement leaders Thursday to oppose efforts that involve local police in the enforcement of noncriminal infractions of immigration law.

The nation’s immigration system is broken and taking a toll on police and sheriff’s departments trying to build trust between law enforcement and immigrant communities, some police leaders said Thursday.

Theron Bowman, longtime police chief in Arlington, will be among several other top cops holding a conference call with reporters at 11 a.m. today on the issue of immigration reform.

The Arizona Republic , in an editorial today, had some harsh words for “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, categorically denying that the Sheriff has any federal or state authority to continue conducting these sweeps: “Joe Arpaio’s self-promoting “sweeps” may be a lot of things. But “legal” isn’t one of them. Clearly, there is some part of that word the Maricopa County sheriff does not comprehend. Arpaio claims he has the authority to continue wasting his scarce resources chasing down broken tail lights on cars and terrorizing Hispanic neighborhoods. Others beg to differ, including the federal Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.”

Immigrant advocacy groups on Friday assailed a Department of Homeland Security decision to continue deputizing state and local law enforcement agents to catch illegal immigrants, saying the department’s new rules aimed at curbing racial profiling by police were inadequate.

Immigrant advocacy groups have urged Morristown officials not to participate in a federal program that would allow local police to enforce immigration laws.

There’s no doubt this country needs comprehensive immigration reform at the national level. But what we don’t need is another back-door effort conscripting local authorities to take on immigration enforcement duties that ought to be handled by federal authorities.

We’re coming to the close of the year in which President Obama said that immigration reform would be a priority. But to date, the Obama administration has only extended harsh immigration enforcement provisions put in place by the Clinton or second Bush administrations. These punitive pieces of legislation include E-Verify, a 100% detainment policy, the Secure Communities initiative, and the infamous 287(g) agreement. Cumulatively, they do not reflect a workable philosophy on immigrants, society, or the U.S. economy. Instead, this enforcement agenda destabilizes communities with police persecution and terror.

For the 130 immigrant advocates, business and labor leaders, and law enforcement representatives, who met with Janet Napoitano yesterday, the urgency for real reform is clear.Here are four video responses from attendees at yesterday’s White House meeting on immigration reform. I took these videos directly after the meeting, as attendees were leaving the White House.

Today, we released a new video calling on DHS secretary Napolitano to investigate Bush-era home raids and focus on real, comprehensive immigration reform instead of half-baked enforcement measures that are only making communities less secure.