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PRESS RELEASE: Afghan Refugees Welcome in our Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Law enforcement leaders across the country have joined a growing group of bipartisan lawmakers, faith leaders, and communities nationwide voicing their commitment to welcoming Afghan refugees. Following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and mounting threats from the Taliban, thousands of Afghan allies and their families are seeking safety abroad, including in the […]

Sep 01

PRESS RELEASE: Confirm Magnus Swiftly, Law Enforcement Leaders Urge

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of a pending Senate confirmation hearing, more than 65 law enforcement leaders have signed a letter urging the swift confirmation of Tucson, Arizona, Police Chief Chris Magnus as Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Magnus is a longtime member of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force. The letter highlights his dedication to public safety while […]

Jul 21

PRESS RELEASE: Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Congress to Protect Dreamers

Following U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision Friday that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is unlawful, which blocked new applications, the following are quotes from local police chiefs who are members of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force. For additional context on the decision, please see this explainer from the National Immigration Forum. […]

Jul 20

PRESS RELEASE: Law Enforcement Officials Urge Swift ICE Confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of a Senate confirmation hearing today, more than 60 law enforcement leaders have signed a letter urging the swift confirmation of Harris County, Texas, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez as director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Sheriff Gonzalez, a Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force co-chair, was nominated to lead the immigration enforcement […]

Jul 20

PRESS RELEASE: Law Enforcement Leaders Support New USCIS Policy Update for U Visa Petitioners

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new policy that will improve access to work permits and deferred action for immigrant crime victims with pending U visa cases. Currently, U visa petitioners wait about five years before having their U visas adjudicated, but can receive deferred action and work authorization while their U visa petitions […]

Jun 17

PRESS RELEASE: Law Enforcement Officials Respond to Gonzalez Nomination

Law Enforcement Officials Respond to Gonzalez Nomination WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to an announcement that President Joe Biden will nominate Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force co-chair and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the following is a statement from fellow LEITF co-chairs  Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo; Fresno […]

Apr 27

PRESS RELEASE: Law Enforcement Officials Respond to Magnus Nomination

Law Enforcement Officials Respond to Magnus Nomination WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden will nominate Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force member and Tucson, Arizona, Police Chief Chris Magnus to lead Customs and Border Protection (CBP), according to the White House. In testimony before a U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee in December 2018, Magnus stressed the importance of […]

Apr 12

Law Enforcement on DACA: ‘Congress Still Must Act’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Law enforcement leaders are urging Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients following today’s United States Supreme Court ruling that the Trump administration did not provide an adequate justification for ending DACA, allowing it to remain in place. The ruling comes after the Trump […]

Jun 18

PRESS RELEASE: Law Enforcement Leaders Voice Support for Kerrie Orozco Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 80 local law enforcement leaders sent a letter to members of Congress today in support of legislation that would expedite the citizenship process for family members of fallen public safety officers. The Kerrie Orozco First Responders Family Support Act would allow a surviving spouse, child or parent of a U.S. citizen […]

Dec 02

PRESS RELEASE: Law Enforcement Leaders Express Support for Immigrant Communities Amid Fear

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 50 local law enforcement leaders have posted an open letter to immigrant communities underscoring their commitment to serving all community members. In the letter, also posted in Spanish, signatories highlight the importance of community trust in maintaining public safety, and the importance of a strong relationship between law enforcement and immigrant […]

Aug 29

PRESS RELEASE: In Letter, Chiefs and Sheriffs Urge Better Conditions for Children in Detention

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Law enforcement leaders sent a letter today to the president, vice president and Homeland Security Secretary, urging better conditions for migrant children in detention. The 42 Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force members who signed the letter call on the administration to “minimize the detention of children” and “invest in the trained personnel and […]

Aug 14

PRESS RELEASE: Law Enforcement Leaders Support First Responders Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sixty-seven local law enforcement leaders sent a letter to Senate leadership today voicing support for a bill that would help the families of first responders who die in the line of duty. The Kerrie Orozco Act, which passed the House in September, would permit a surviving spouse, child or parent of a U.S. […]

Dec 10

PRESS RELEASE: Police Chiefs Denounce Family Separation, Call for Answers

Click here for a recording of today’s press call WASHINGTON, D.C. — Law enforcement leaders expressed grave concerns about children who remain separated from their parents during a press call today. Following President Trump’s executive order on Wednesday, police chiefs called for a plan to reunite children with their families and objected to the potential […]

Jun 21

New Letter: Law Enforcement Leaders Implore Congress to Act on Dreamers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The co-chairs of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force have sent a letter to members of Congress today urging a legislative solution for Dreamers. The letter is co-signed by co-chairs Sheriff Margaret Mims of Fresno County, California; Chief Tom Manger of Montgomery County, Maryland; and Chief Art Acevedo of Houston. “Our support for […]

Dec 14

Law Enforcement Leaders to Congress: Pass a Solution for Dreamers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sixty police chiefs, sheriffs and law enforcement leaders today sent a letter to members of Congress to express support for a bipartisan legislative solution that would allow Dreamers to remain in the country. “We support measures allowing law-abiding people to feel safe and secure in their communities, which reinforce trust and cooperation with […]

Oct 02

Law Enforcement Leaders to Congress: Help Us Promote Safety, Trust

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Police chiefs and sheriffs are speaking out today about legislation that would undermine their ability to ensure public safety and work with immigrant communities. 

Jun 28

Law Enforcement Leaders Condemn ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Executive Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Local law enforcement 

Jan 26