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  • Feds Perched to Empower Local Cops to Enforce Immigration Laws

    Feds Perched to Empower Local Cops to Enforce Immigration Laws
    by Michelle Chen (bio)

    Unprecedented authority may soon wind up in the hands of police: departments nationwide would gain the prerogative to arrest people for immigration violations, whether they want it or not.


    May 27 - Last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would strengthen the power of local police officers to arrest undocumented immigrants whose only offense is their unauthorized status -- an authority that has historically resided with only with the federal government.

    Arriving in the midst of a major congressional push for immigration reform and closely following the passage of a ban on driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants, the proposed law enforcement policy reflects both the legislature's growing opposition to illegal immigration and a trend toward expanding federal influence over local jurisdictions.

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    Feds Perched to Empower Local Cops to Enforce Immigration Laws
    by Michelle Chen (bio)

    Unprecedented authority may soon wind up in the hands of police: departments nationwide would gain the prerogative to arrest people for immigration violations, whether they want it or not.


    May 27 - Last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would strengthen the power of local police officers to arrest undocumented immigrants whose only offense is their unauthorized status -- an authority that has historically resided with only with the federal government.

    Arriving in the midst of a major congressional push for immigration reform and closely following the passage of a ban on driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants, the proposed law enforcement policy reflects both the legislature's growing opposition to illegal immigration and a trend toward expanding federal influence over local jurisdictions.

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