I've heard from police before who believe that turning local law enforcement officers into immigration enforcement officers discourages people from reporting crimes and distracts the police from doing their jobs. They also know that illegally present immigrants are targets for criminals and this drives up the crime rate for everyone as crime is rarely contained in one community.

The chiefs all called on Congress to pass immigration reform.

This week, leading police officers from around the US held a press conference held a press conference in Washington that included

Chief of Police Art Acevedo of Austin, TX

Chief of Police Jon Zumalt of North Charleston, SC

Art Venegas, the former Police
Chief of Sacramento, CA>.

The event was covered by the Charleston Post and Courier.

You can listen to the call here:

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