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Fact Sheet: Warrant Service Officer (WSO) Program

FACT SHEET: Warrant Service Officer (WSO) Program   What is the WSO program? U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the launch of the Warrant Service Officer (WSO) program on May 6, 2019. ICE called the WSO program “a new collaborative program intended for local law-enforcement that wish to honor immigration detainers but are prohibited […]

Jun 04

15 Task Force Members Meet with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

On February 14, 2019, 15 members of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force met with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in Washington, DC. Task Force members in attendance included Chiefs and Sheriffs from across the country. During the meeting, Task Force members and Secretary Nielsen discussed a number of topics at the intersection of federal immigration […]

Feb 15

Law Enforcement Leaders Call for an End to Shutdown

Dear President Trump and Members of Congress: As law enforcement leaders who support commonsense immigration reforms consistent with public safety, we write to express our deep concern with the partial shutdown of the federal government. State and local law enforcement work constructively with federal law enforcement to combat drug trafficking, gangs, organized crime, and other […]

Jan 22

Task Force Members Testify before US Senate Subcommittee

Chief Chris Magnus (Tucson, AZ) and Chief Art Acevedo (Houston, TX) provided testimonies to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration on December 12, 2018 for a hearing entitled “Narcos: Transnational Cartels and Border Security.” See below for their written testimonies.   Chief Chris Magnus (Tucson, AZ)  Chairman Cornyn, Ranking […]

Dec 19

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

Nearly 70 Law Enforcement Leaders Support First Responders Bill

The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader  United States Senate  Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Charles SchumerMinority LeaderUnited States SenateWashington, D.C. 20510 Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer: We write in support of the Kerrie Orozco First Responders Family Support Act (H.R. 6580), a bill that would help the families of first responders who die in the […]

Dec 10

Blog Post: Law Enforcement Leaders Travel to U.S. – Mexico Border

Deputy Chief Chad Kasmar (Tucson, AZ) Tucson sits just over an hour north of the Nogales, Sonora, border and we serve a diverse population of more than 535,000. On Sept. 18 and 19, 2018, I was invited to attend a Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force (LEITF) trip, in conjunction with Bibles, Badges, and Business for […]

Sep 20

Profiles: Immigrants in Law Enforcement Contributing to Public Safety

INTRODUCTION While immigrants are part of the communities we serve, they are also fellow officers and colleagues working alongside us. We decided to publish these profiles of immigrants working with us to protect our communities and promote public safety to highlight some of the men and women on whom we rely to help America be […]

Jun 29

Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Alternatives to Family Detention

Speaker Paul Ryan United States House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515   Majority Leader Mitch McConnell United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510   Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi United States House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515   Minority Leader Charles Schumer United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510   Dear Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader […]

Jun 27

Fact Sheet: Immigrants and Crime

FACT SHEET: Immigrants and Crime   Introduction The issue of public safety and immigration is of keen interest to law enforcement officials. Recent public discourse has raised questions: Are immigrants, particularly undocumented immigrants, more prone to commit crime? Will public safety will be improved through tougher immigration enforcement? This brief provides an overview of crimes […]

Jun 26

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

Media

News Articles Featuring LEITF Members The Washington Post: U.S. police chiefs call for meeting with Homeland Security over immigration issues Features Chief Art Acevedo (Houston, TX), May 30, 2019 Austin American-Statesman: Austin Police Chief Brian Manley ranked 49th on Fortune’s list of ‘World’s Greatest Leaders’ Features Chief Brian Manley (Austin, TX), April 30, 2019 Tucson.com: […]

May 08

50 Law Enforcement Leaders Send Letter to Senate on Proposals Related to ‘Sanctuary Cities’

February 15, 2018 Dear Senator: As law enforcement leaders dedicated to preserving the safety and security of our communities, we have concerns about legislative proposals that would attempt to impose punitive, “one-size fits-all” policies on state and local law enforcement. Rather than strengthening state and local law enforcement by providing us with the tools to […]

Feb 15

LEITF Co-Chairs Write to House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security

February 13, 2018 The Honorable Raúl Labrador Chairman Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security U.S. House of Representatives 1523 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Zoe Lofgren Ranking Member Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security U.S. House of Representatives 1401 Longworth House Office Building […]

Feb 13

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 Implore Congress to Act on Dreamers

December 14, 2017   Dear Member of Congress: As law enforcement leaders who support commonsense immigration reforms to ensure the protection of our communities, we write to express our support again for a bipartisan legislative solution to allow Dreamers — young people brought to the United States as children — to remain in the United […]

Dec 14

Fact Sheet: Immigrant Youth and MS-13

FACT SHEET: Immigrant Youth and MS-13   MS-13 has its roots in the U.S.   Many young immigrants who fled Central America because of ongoing civil wars in the 1980s arrived in Los Angeles. They found that local American street gangs dominated the scene. They reacted by forming a gang of their own, which became […]

Dec 12

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

60 Law Enforcement Leaders Support Bipartisan Solution for Dreamers

October 2, 2017   Dear Member of Congress: As law enforcement leaders who support commonsense immigration reforms to ensure the protection of our communities, we write to express our support for a bipartisan legislative solution to allow Dreamers – young people brought to the United States as children – to remain in the United States […]

Oct 02

Background on Local Law Enforcement’s Role in Immigration Enforcement – § 287(g) Agreements

FORUM POLICY National Immigration Forum   Introduction Congress created the 287(g) program in 1996 to increase federal immigration enforcement capacity. Voluntary agreements under Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) enlist and authorize state and local law enforcement personnel to carry out immigration enforcement actions. Under 287(g), a local jurisdiction may enter into […]

Sep 08

Background on ‘Sanctuary Jurisdictions’ – 8 U.S.C. § 1373

LAURENCE BENENSON Assistant Director for Policy & Advocacy National Immigration Forum   Introduction No formal, legal definition of the term “sanctuary jurisdiction” exists in the U.S. Code or under federal regulations. Some define “sanctuary jurisdiction” as one that fails to cooperate with the federal government as required by a once-obscure provision of the Immigration and […]

Sep 08

PERF Report: U Visas and the Role of Local Police

Click here to see a PERF report, U Visas and the Role of Local Police In Preventing and Investigating Crimes Against Immigrants.

Sep 01

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

Ability to Hire LPRs Would Help Local Law Enforcement

Permission Would Bolster Recruitment, Diversity

Jun 16

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Legal Questions Around Immigration Detainers

LAURENCE BENENSON Assistant Director for Policy & Advocacy National Immigration Forum   Click here to read the white paper, “A Path to Public Safety: The Legal Questions around Immigration Detainers.”   So-called sanctuary jurisdictions have caused great controversy. Lost amid the debate is the fact that, whatever their approach toward immigrants, most state and local law […]

Feb 27

Law Enforcement Leaders Condemn ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Executive Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Local law enforcement 

Jan 26

Problematic Immigration Bills Fail in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two problematic

Jul 07