AILA Doc No. 11113063 | Dated March 14, 2016
The handling of civil immigration detainers by local law enforcement agencies has gained national attention after the tragic shooting in July 2015 of a woman in San Francisco by an undocumented man. San Francisco is among hundreds of localities that have adopted policing strategies that limit involvement with federal immigration agencies, to preserve public trust and confidence in law enforcement that are essential to maintaining community safety. Legislation is being introduced, at both the state and federal level, which will undermine public safety by threatening these so-called "sanctuary cities."
In November 2014, the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) was established as part of President Obama's 2014 Executive Action. The program replaced Secure Communities, which was under attack for years due to its negative impact on community policy, susceptibility to racial profiling, and indiscriminate approach to immigration enforcement. Through PEP, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hopes to work with local law enforcement agencies. Many details of PEP and how it will be fully implemented are still unclear.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 11113063.