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On April 3, 2002, a story was published in the San Diego Union-Tribune that stated: The Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel has decided that states and localities, as "sovereign entities," have the "inherent authority" to enforce immigration laws, according to Justice sources. This has unleashed the following reaction.............

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O. Ricardo Pimentel - Tucson Citizen - 4/10/02
DotLetting local cops enforce INS laws will never work
...Trust between undocumented immigrants and local authorities is tenuous as is. It will be nonexistent if local police forces undertake to do the Border Patrol's job. -- That rape victim who happens to be without documents won't report the crime. That home invasion will become routine as assailants get wise to the fact that all will go unreported. [Pimentel continually sides with reconquistas. E-mail]

Newsday Editorial - 4/8/02
DotAlien Idea
It would be counterproductive to require local police to enforce federal immigration law
...People in the country illegally would be forced further underground. Crime victims and witnesses without green cards would not cooperate with police or courts, if doing so meant risking deportation. Fueled by a heightened paranoia, some immigrants would pull their children out of school, avoid public hospitals and any other services that could bring them to the attention of local authorities. The predictable result would be a community- wide deterioration of public health and safety. [Newsday is a very liberal paper. They push open borders and the protection of illegal aliens and day laborer pests who are flocking to New York.]

Arizona Republic - 4/6/02
DotINS duty for local officers criticized
The federal government's idea to turn street cops into immigration agents makes no sense because it asks them to make the unrealistic leap from criminal to civil investigators, a Phoenix immigration law expert said. -- David Ray, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, the country's largest restrictionist group, said outnumbered INS agents should take all the help they can get. -- "It makes common and fiscal sense," Ray said.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 4/5/02
DotINS-police alliance stirs concern
A proposal to encourage state and local police to help enforce immigration laws is drawing fire from advocates for immigrants but strong backing from some people in law enforcement. -- After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the federal government is considering issuing a legal opinion that would allow localities to provide backup for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. -- Immigration appears to be the only area that local police are not allowed to enforce, said Jim Pasco, executive director of the 300,000-member Fraternal Order of Police. "This is more a testimonial to political correctness than it is to cooperative law enforcement," Pasco said.

Daily Pilot - 4/5/02
DotPolice: We aren't INS agents
It's plain and simple. Local police are not looking to become immigration officials. -- The reaction came quite naturally from Costa Mesa Police Chief Dave Snowden, as well Newport Beach Police Chief Bob McDonell, following Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft's statements Wednesday that he would favor a change in policy to let local police make arrests based solely on immigration violation. -- McDonell is also president of the California Police Chiefs Assn.

KEYE News - 4/5/02
DotAustin cops won't arrest illegals
The U.S. Justice Department, which controls the Immigration and Naturalization Service, says it can't handle the 7-million immigrants currently in the U.S. Therefore, it is considering a proposal to allow local police to do their job for them. Austin police say that would undo the trusting relationship local police have built with immigrants. Police say illegal immigrants often do not report crime, for fear they will be deported.

Salt Lake Tribune - 4/5/02
DotRights Advocates Slam Plan for Local Police to Enforce Immigration Laws
...Latino leaders objected, saying police would unfairly target them because of their color, national origin or language. The issue was so divisive that then Salt Lake City Police Chief Ruben Ortega [in 1998] later withdrew his bid for re-appointment, in part because of bitter criticism from the Latino community. -- "No other metropolitan area in the United States considered cross-deputization after Salt Lake City voted it down," said John Dulles, regional director of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Denver. -- "A state officer has no authority to determine who is in this country legally or illegally,'' lawyer Michael Martinez said.

FAIR
Issue
Brief
Immigration Law Enforcement by Local Agencies
The brief is an introductory summary of federal law on the issue of local law enforcement agencies enforcing federal immigration law provisions. Local officials who seek guidance on this issue may contact FAIR's legal counsel for detailed information. (4/5/02)

Dallas Morning News (Free Reg.) - 4/5/02
DotTwo cities oppose police tie to immigration law
A U.S. Justice Department proposal would put local police in the business of doing something they've never done -- enforcing federal immigration laws. -- Larger agencies, including the sheriff's offices in Orange and Seminole counties, are eager to expand an immigration pilot program, which will soon allow them to hold on immigration charges foreigners suspected of having ties to terrorism. -- The proposal would permit agencies to cast a much wider net, arresting any non-citizen who couldn't prove legal residency status.

Orlando Sentinel - 4/5/02
DotSome police eager to help INS agents
A U.S. Justice Department proposal would put local police in the business of doing something they've never done -- enforcing federal immigration laws. -- Larger agencies, including the sheriff's offices in Orange and Seminole counties, are eager to expand an immigration pilot program, which will soon allow them to hold on immigration charges foreigners suspected of having ties to terrorism. -- The proposal would permit agencies to cast a much wider net, arresting any non-citizen who couldn't prove legal residency status.

The News - Mexico City - 4/5/02
DotSan Diego law enforcement opposed to seeking out undocumented migrants
San Diego police representatives and various human rights groups on Thursday rejected a U.S. Justice Department initiative giving all police forces power to arrest undocumented immigrants. -- Terming the move "inadequate," Americas Committee of Friendship Services (AFSC) President Christian Ramirez underscored "the task of the police is to guarantee public safety and not assume the duties of immigration officials."

American Patrol Feature - 4/5/02
Law enforcement wants no
part in enforcing the law

Ashcroft
John Ashcroft
DotLos Angeles Times - April 5   
In a post-Sept. 11 world, it seems a most logical proposal: Why not let state and local police help the obviously overwhelmed federal government find and deport illegal immigrants? 
   
But the Justice Department idea floated this week has already run into fierce opposition -- from immigrant advocates and law enforcement agencies in California and elsewhere.  
   
The plan, still preliminary, could result in greater leeway for state and local officers in enforcing immigration laws. Yet many officers are definitively saying, "No thanks." "We already have enough to do," said Dave Cohen, a spokesman for the San Diego Police Department. The same sentiments were echoed among police officials in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

American Patrol Feature - 4/4/02
Ashcroft may let police jail illegals

   WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is considering changing a Justice Department policy so state and local law officers can arrest people solely for violating immigration laws.
   In 1996, the department ruled that local officers couldn't arrest people just for immigration violations unless their departments exercised a provision of the 1996 immigration law and signed an agreement with federal officials.
   No department has signed such a pact, which involves training and other conditions.
   The policy change would eliminate the requirement for the agreements.

Arrest - Nogales, AZ

Record.Net - 4/4/02
DotOfficials blast INS role for police
A proposal by the U.S. Department of Justice to authorize local and state police to enforce federal immigration laws was roundly criticized Wednesday by law enforcement and social-service agencies in San Joaquin County. -- Any attempt to turn local police into an arm of the Immigration and Naturalization Service could devastate community-policing efforts and leave undocumented workers subject to greater victimization, officials said.

New York Times - 4/4/02
Ruling Clears Way to Use State Police in Immigration Duty

FAIR - 4/4/02
Attorney General Takes A Positive Step Forward in Homeland Security Effort

Orange Co. Register - 4/4/02
Ashcroft may let police jail illegal immigrants

San Diego Union-Tribune - 4/4/02
No local role -- Immigration policing is a federal job

Newsday - 4/4/02
U.S. May Seek Local Aid in INS Enforcement

Associated Press - 4/4/02
Local Police Help on Immigration Weighed

San Diego Union-Tribune - 4/3/02
DotPolice may gain power to enforce immigration

Other....
Local cops may be used to enforce immigration laws
(Capitol Hill Blue)
Feds may use local police to help INS (Arizona Republic)
Immigrants worried, Coe pleased by proposal (OC Register)
Ashcroft may let police jail illegal immigrants (OC Register)
INS Role for Police Considered (WP)
U.S. Considers Proposal for Police (NYT)

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