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Blog Post: Q and A with Chief Carmen Best (Ret.), Seattle Police Department

Q and A with Chief Carmen Best (Ret.), Seattle Police Department, LEITF Senior Advisor How did you first come to be involved in the LEITF? Several years ago, I was serving as Deputy Chief of the Seattle Police Department.  Kathleen O’Toole, our Chief at the time, had tasked me with building and strengthening relationships between […]

Feb 26

Blog Post: The Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act

The Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act On December 31, 2020, the Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act (MPURA), S.2174, was signed into law. This legislation is one of the only bipartisan efforts on immigration to become law in a long time. It was introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and co-sponsored by then-Senator Kamala […]

Jan 28

Blog Post: LEITF Members Express Support for Mayorkas DHS Nomination

LEITF Members Express Support for Mayorkas DHS Nomination President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Alejandro Mayorkas to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mayorkas served as director of USCIS under President Barack Obama and was instrumental in implementing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He later became the deputy DHS secretary, a role […]

Dec 21

Blog Post: Green Bay (WI) Police Department on Why We Need to Make It Easier for DACA Recipients to Serve in Law Enforcement

Why We Need to Make It Easier for DACA Recipients to Serve in Law Enforcement LEITF member Andrew Smith is Chief of Police of the Green Bay (WI) Police Department. The Green Bay Police Department first became involved in the national conversation around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in late 2018. At […]

Oct 29

Blog Post: For Law Enforcement, a Permanent Solution on DACA Is Critical

Chris Blue is the police chief of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Trump administration’s latest changes to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) only underscore what we already know: Congress should act to protect tens of thousands of North Carolina Dreamers — our neighbors — from deportation. The administration announced that it will not accept […]

Sep 18

Blog Post: King County (WA) Sheriff’s Office’s U and T Visa Program Manager

Zoraida Arias is the U-Visa/T-Visa Program Manager for the King County (WA) Sheriff’s Office. This is a newly created position under the leadership of LEITF member Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht, and Zoraida has been instrumental in helping the KCSO expand its work to assist vulnerable populations. Zoraida has used her extensive experience working with both immigrant […]

Aug 19