ERIC Number: ED445166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun-29
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Immigration Enforcement by Local Police on the Civil Rights of Latinos. Issue Brief.
National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC.
This paper discusses the provisions of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) (sections 642 and 133) and outlines some concerns with the new Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Quick Response Team initiative. It also examines the current relationships among local police, the INS, and local Latino communities. Cooperation between the INS and state or local police forces has thus far been restricted to incidents in which there is a clear need for coordinated activity between the INS and another law enforcement activity, but the IIRIRA represents a sweeping reform of the way undocumented immigrants found in the United States are treated under the law, greatly increasing the role of local police. The complexity of immigration law will increase the likelihood that U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and lawfully abiding immigrants will be victimized because of a police officer's unfamiliarity with the law. New regulations also have the potential to compromise community trust in local law enforcement by making local officers appear to be agents of the INS. Some recommendations are made for improving the situation, including the firm suggestion that there should be no delegation of federal immigration authority to local police. The Department of Justice must ensure that the civil rights of Latinos and other ethnic minorities are protected. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC.