Last week Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson indicated significant changes may be coming to the way Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) works with state and local law enforcement. This is welcome news, as more and more states and localities have been changing their policies to limit their cooperation with ICE’s enforcement requests. These collaborations concern CLINIC and its partners, as well as civil rights, community and immigrant organizations around the country. These concerns include the burden on limited local resources; the undermining of public safety; the destruction of trust between law enforcement and immigrant communities; the separation of families; and the questionable constitutionality of ICE detainers.
Since 2007, CLINIC’s State and Local Project has supported advocates working to address these issues. Learn more about these programs, the impact on your community, and steps you can take to make your community a welcoming one for immigrants.
- Why should states separate local policing from immigration enforcement? These talking points cover the legal, public safety, fiscal, and moral implications of involving local police in immigration enforcement.
- Find out what states and localities have adopted anti-detainer policies to limit or end their cooperation with ICE
- Watch a webinar on recent trends in the state and local enforcement of immigration law.
The result of federal/state enforcement partnerships has been the deportation of increasing numbers of immigrants, many of whom have no criminal convictions. According to recently released data, only 14% of the detainers ICE issued in FY 2012 and during the first four months of FY 2013 “target[ed] individuals who pose a serious threat to public safety or national security” while approximately half implicated individuals with “no record of criminal conviction, not even a minor traffic violation.”
- Learn how your community can advocate against ICE partnerships with local law enforcement agencies. CLINIC’s toolkit covers advocacy strategies against the Criminal Alien Program, Secure Communities, and the 287(g) Program
- Make your community a welcoming one. CLINIC’s guide Welcoming the Stranger through Immigrant Integration lays out five state-level legislative initiatives that can be enacted to build welcoming communities.
For questions or assistance with your advocacy on these issues, please contact CLINIC’s State and Local Advocacy Attorney, Jen Riddle, at email@example.com or (301) 565-4807.