Gutiérrez on Homeland Security Initiative to Shame State & Local Police Over Immigration Policies
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued the following statement today in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that they would begin publishing the “Declined Detainer Outcome Report,” (http://bit.ly/2nsx1c7) a report designated by one of Trump’s executive orders to shame state and local police departments who do not routinely hold immigrant prisoners without a federal warrant. By enumerating crimes committed by immigrants who were not held in violation of the Fourth Amendment until federal authorities came to deport them, the Trump Administration hopes to further attack so-called “sanctuary cities” that draw a bright line between local public safety activities and federal deportation activities.
“Trump’s presidency is based on a number of lies, but one of the most important to Bannon, Trump, and Sessions is to paint all immigrants as killers and rapists. Trump and his team incorrectly see Fourth Amendment policies that require warrants to hold prisoners for the Feds as a threat to public safety, but the reality is that in most cities, the police have found that acting as deportation police makes it harder to keep their cities safe. In Chicago and everywhere else, immigrants are part of our communities and need to know that when they witness a crime or have information the police can use, they can call 911 and not lose their children or their homes to deportation.”
Rep. Gutiérrez is in his 13th term representing the 4th District of Illinois, is a Member of the Judiciary Committee, and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
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