Law Enforcement Leaders Launch Immigration Task Force

January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A dozen law enforcement leaders from around the country are meeting with Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement Heather Fong and other officials this afternoon, part of today’s launch of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force.

The Task Force comprises more than 30 police chiefs, sheriffs, commissioners and lieutenants from across the country. It will underline the need for commonsense immigration reforms that will help protect our communities and promote respect for the rule of law.

“We look forward to lending our voice to clarify and fix the current immigration policy,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Chief James R. Lopez, a co-chair of the task force who is attending the meetings. “All of the nation’s police officers who keep our communities safe want a secure border and a clear and fair immigration policy. They don’t care from which branch of government the reform comes from — they just want to build trust in the communities they serve.”

“When immigrants feel safe in their communities, we are all safer,” added Ron Teachman, Police Chief in South Bend, Ind., who also is in Washington. “Criminals can use the fear of deportation to coerce immigrants into silence, making our communities less safe for everybody. Immigrants should feel comfortable reporting crimes, serving as witnesses and calling for help in emergencies.”

Law enforcement leaders involved in the task force, including those in Washington today, are available for interviews. Please contact Cathleen Farrell, 202-403-4190.