Police and Immigration: How Chiefs Are Leading their Communities through the Challenges

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Police Executive Research Forum
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Jan

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In the swirl of political cross-currents on the issue of immigration enforcement, the judgments of police professionals often diverge from the opinions of politicians and pressure groups. This report examines how six police departments are dealing with one of the most contentious issues in American life.  

During 2009, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) researchers prepared case studies on the following police jurisdictions: New Haven (CT), Prince William County (VA), Montgomery County (MD), Phoenix (AZ), Mesa (AZ) and Minneapolis (MN). PERF also convened a National Summit on Immigration Enforcement in Phoenix in July 2009 that helped to inform the conclusions in the report. With separate chapters devoted to each of the six jurisdictions, the report highlights "lessons learned" in each community and "guiding principles for dealing with immigration issues." A concluding chapter includes a set of recommendations for Congress and the Obama administration, as well as a separate set of recommendations for local police agencies. (Summary by Nick Montalto.)

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Police Executive Research Forum. 2010. Police and Immigration: How Chiefs Are Leading their Communities through the Challenges. Washington, D.C.: Police Executive Research Forum.

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