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The Buck Stops Here: How the LA County Sheriff's Participation in Immigration Enforcement is Hurting Community Policing and Public Safety

(31) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 7:11 AM

For the last few years, I have been engaging fellow law enforcement leaders in a dialogue about sensible immigration reform. Immigration is an issue that affects our work as cops on a daily basis. But, sometimes I'm asked whether the fact that law enforcement is engaged in immigration enforcement really...

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Scapegoating Doesn't Make You Blameless

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 6:17 AM

A tragedy occurred this past June when Saul Chavez, an undocumented person with a history of drunk driving, was apprehended and released after posting bail with Cook County, Illinois. Mr. Chavez, drunk again, went out driving and killed Mr. William "Denny" McCann as Mr. McCann was crossing a street. This...

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Keeping Families Together Isn't Pandering, It's an American Value

(31) Comments | Posted January 14, 2012 | 5:46 AM

The Obama Administration announced a rule change last week in their labyrinthine application process for legal permanent residency. It will help keep the spouses and children of U.S. Citizens together. Under current rules, a person can apply to USCIS for a waiver to be united with their family while the...

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The Difference in Police Leadership on Immigration and Civil Rights

(53) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 7:23 AM

The Department of Justice Civil Rights Division just released the long-awaited results of its investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department. Sheriff Joe's tactics may have been headline-grabbing, but they have caused serious harm to his community and the people he swore an oath to protect and...

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Racial Profiling After September 11th

(10) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 4:32 PM

Prior to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, the law enforcement profession in America was reeling over allegations of racial profiling. Long before the attacks, the successful case against the New Jersey State Police, where it was determined that they were using race as a condition...

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Immigration Reform and Border Communities: We Need Bipartisan Problem-Solving

(203) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 4:55 PM

Last week, like millions around the world, I listened to President Obama give the State of the Union address and wondered how much of his challenge would be met by the 112th Congress -- to work in a bipartisan way to lead the world in innovation and technology, to rebuild...

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