Get state, local law enforcement out of the immigration business

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Eli Savit, RaShall M. Brackney and Miriam Aroni Krinsky

Creating a just and humane immigration system is one of the most urgent and challenging issues facing the Biden-Harris administration. And contemporary political rhetoric about immigration often trots out the unfounded, xenophobic and fearmongering argument that cracking down on immigration and immigrants is necessary for public safety. That couldn’t be more wrong.

As law enforcement leaders, we’ve seen firsthand how anti-immigrant policies make everyone less safe. We also understand the profound power of the president to influence immigration policy — in ways that can either promote or threaten public safety.

While comprehensive immigration reform and achieving a just and humane immigration system will require more than executive orders, President Joe Biden can get us closer to these objectives by taking action where he can. The White House recently rescinded rules from the Trump administration that allowed federal immigration officers to use courthouses to target individuals for possible immigration violations.

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This is an important step to building community trust, but the president must go further and end, once and for all, programs that entangle local police agencies in federal immigration activities.

The solemn duty of prosecutors and law enforcement leaders is to seek justice, uphold the rule of law and protect the communities they serve. Promoting public safety through justice depends on earning and maintaining the trust of all members of the community — regardless of their immigration status.

More than 100 law enforcement leaders across the nation are urging the Biden administration to end Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) programs like 287(g) agreements and ICE detainers that enlist local law enforcement agencies to engage in interior immigration control efforts. These programs threaten our most vulnerable communities, and in so doing, threaten us all.

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