Recently the handling of civil immigration detainers by local law departments has been heavily scrutinized.
AILA Doc No. 11081609 | Dated August 17, 2011
AILA urges DHS to follow its stated enforcement priorities.
AILA's report, Immigration Enforcement Off Target: Minor Offenses With Major Consequences, challenges the claim made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that it is focusing its finite resources on the "highest enforcement priorities" - namely those who present threats to public safety and national security.
The report's anecdotal accounts, 127 case examples from AILA members covering incidents in 24 states and the District of Columbia, are consistent with DHS's own data showing deportation of tens of thousands of individuals who have been picked up for minor infractions and who pose no threat to our communities.
The report questions whether federal immigration agents should respond to individual roadside calls by local law enforcement unless there are indications that the person poses a risk to public safety Immigration enforcement must be targeted, and by responding to referrals from local law enforcement in a largely indiscriminate manner, DHS is being diverted from its own stated priorities. In addition, the report raises concerns about the erosion of community trust, hindrances to community policing, and racial profiling.
AILA's recommendations to DHS:
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Cite as AILA Doc. No. 11081609.