Immigration enforcement by local police

About a year ago, I had the opportunity to address this subject during the annual meeting of the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association in New York City. While mainly addressing the liability concerns engendered through such enforcement efforts, I have since then been able to discuss this subject in broader terms with police executives.

It is certainly a subject that does not lend itself to a universal response other than that police involvement in this area is more prevalent than it had been. The events of September 11, 2001 changed our collective worldview and expanded the mission of U.S. law enforcement. But that mission in many respects has not been well defined, at least not in the manner to which police are accustomed: responding through investigation and apprehension.

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