Police Department confirms support for immigrant communities

The Minneapolis Police Department recently released a video supporting immigrant communities with the following statement read by Officer Carlos Baires Escobar:

“There has been much discussion on a national level about local law enforcement and immigration. The Minneapolis Police Department uses the following ordinance to govern its actions.

“The Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Title 2, Chapter 19 states:

‘Public safety officials shall not undertake any law enforcement action for the purpose of detecting the presence of undocumented persons, or to verify immigration status, including but not limited to questioning any person or persons about their immigration status.’

“MPD has a policy in place known as ‘Police Authority in Immigration Matters.’

‘The United States Code empowers the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Department of Homeland Security as the sole authority in immigration matters. This means that state and local law enforcement agencies have no authority with respect to immigration violations.

Officers shall not independently undertake to approach, interview, interrogate, detain or arrest any suspected illegal alien or refugee when potential violation of the federal immigration law is the principal issue. Neither shall any officer independently seek to ascertain a suspected illegal alien’s status.’ ”

Published Nov 29, 2016

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