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Police: We won’t enforce immigration law

It looks like some bright police officers got the message: Local law enforcement should not be forced to enforce immigration law- it’s bad for them, it’s bad for public safety.

Valley police chiefs are standing united that they will not have their officers become immigration agents. Their stance was supported Monday by a representative from the Fraternal Order of Police, the Rev. Oscar Tillman of the Phoenix chapter of the NAACP and leaders of the Valley’s religious community.

Ralph Tranter, executive director of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, and former Tempe police chief, summarized the chiefs’ concerns.

Immigration enforcement, Tranter said, is a federal responsibility, and for local police forces to add it to their own lists of responsibilities would divert resources, without funding, from other needs “at a critical juncture in Arizona’s attempts to fight violent crime.”

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