New Resource: Police Chiefs Guide to Immigration Issues

Spread the word- there is a newly released document from the International Association of Chiefs of Police on a guide to immigration issues for other departments. From a recent article on the guide in USA Today:

"What we have provided is a framework to help guide chiefs. How they deal with it is an issue for their political leadership. "We can't dictate how a community should respond."

So far, the collective response of local communities has produced a quilt of local immigration policies.

Some cities, including Minneapolis, have designated their communities as "sanctuary cities" where police are directed to leave immigration enforcement to federal authorities.

Jeremy Hanson, spokesman for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, said the municipal directive extends to all municipal employees, including those who manage such things as business license applications.

"It's a clear separation, based on the value that it is essential that our police department have the trust of the community," Hanson said.

In Phoenix, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department has sought the guidance of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for apprehending immigration law offenders.

More than a dozen other police agencies have sought similar assistance, despite opposition expressed last year by a coalition of more than 50 urban police chiefs who argued that immigration enforcement would drain limited resources needed for local public safety efforts.

"Immigration presents a confusing picture for the police, with various elements of the community taking adversarial positions," the IACP report said.

Carter hoped that the IACP's primer would "move law enforcement to a more consistent approach. Lacking guidance from a court decision or the federal government, we're just trying to find the best way to move ahead."

We haven't had a chance to finish reviewing the report just yet, but we'll bring you more info soon- we'd love to hear your reactions to the document