Monday, July 20, 2015

Federal-Local Coordination on Immigration Enforcement: Prioritizing Public Safety

In the wake of the tragic death few weeks ago in San Francisco, Lizet Ocampo of the Center for American Progress has released "Federal-Local Coordination on Immigration Enforcement: Prioritizing Public Safety."

With the U.S. undocumented population totaling an estimated 11 million people, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, must determine how to prioritize their resources in order to enforce immigration law. Given that most immigrants have deep community ties—having lived in the country for more than 10 years and having made substantial contributions to both U.S. society and the economy—the Obama administration has focused on specific enforcement priorities, which include national security threats and convicted violent criminals.

As the federal government has tailored its enforcement priorities, states and localities also have a strong need to prioritize resources for the benefit of public safety. In response, they have worked to create community trust policies: individualized polices that determine what is best for local law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

Read the entire analysis and see our recommendations here.


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