Yesterday, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), in collaboration with Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) held an event examining the impact of state and local immigration enforcement initiatives on the larger push for immigration reform on the federal level. The briefing featured remarks from NILC attorneys Nore Preciado and Kamal Essaheb, former mayor of Uvalda, Georgia Paul Bridges, and Chris Burbank, Chief of Police for Salt Lake City.
Since the passage of Arizona’s SB 1070 in 2010, five other states have enacted similar legislation to deputize state and local police forces. Many panelists, Burbank in particular, expressed frustration at the increased role of local police in immigration enforcement, stating that these activities threaten the ability of police forces to keep the cooperation of their communities. Click here to learn more.