Police chief joins others in raising concerns about federal immigration laws
Tucson’s chief of police joined more than 60 other law enforcement officials from around the country to raise concerns about being mandated to enforce federal immigration laws.
In a letter to Congress, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus joined 62 police chiefs, county sheriffs and others to ask for a “constructive immigration enforcement approach that prioritizes criminals and not peaceful residents,” according to a news release.
Local jurisdictions have been threatened with the possible removal of federal funds if they don’t adhere to policies mandating cooperation on federal immigration laws. The group calls these penalties “extremely problematic.”
“Immigration enforcement is, first and foremost, a federal responsibility,” according to the letter, which was released ahead of Thursday’s Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on border policies and interior enforcement.
Arizona officials who signed the letter:
- Tucson Chief Chris Magnus
- Retired Tucson Chief Roberto Villaseñor
- Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada
- Retired Mesa Police Chief John Meza
- Mesa’s Assistant Chief Michael Soelberg
- Peoria Chief Roy Minter
- Tempe Chief Silvia Moir