For Immediate Release 
May 18, 2015
Contact: SG Sarmiento,

President’s Own Task Force Calls to “Decouple” Immigration Enforcement from Local Police

Los Angeles, CA—In response to the Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), made the following remarks:

“Today, the President’s own task force has recognized what we’ve been saying for years: local police and sheriffs should not be involved in immigration enforcement. It’s bad for community policing, it’s bad for public safety, and it’s bad for fundamental civil rights.

“The task force recommendations underscore that there are many things the White House and Department of Homeland Security can still do to address the crisis of trust that exists between immigrant communities and local law enforcement, including ending all efforts to harness local and state resources through notification, detention, and transfer requests. The White House should heed the call from its panel of experts and can begin by switching off failed immigration enforcement programs in places of heightened concern, including Arizona and Texas.”


Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing (available here)

Inse Communities: Latino Perceptions of Police Involvement in Immigration Enforcement (available here)


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