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Law Enforcement Leaders Discuss Immigration in White House Meeting

Press Release, February 06, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama administration’s emphasis on immigration reform continued today with a meeting between White House officials and law enforcement leaders from around the country, including representatives from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriff’s Association. The following are statements from top law enforcement leaders who participated in the meeting:

Bill Bratton, Former Police Chief, New York, Los Angeles and Boston:
“As the former police chief for New York, Los Angeles, and Boston, I am intimately aware of the critical need for immigration reform. Finding a solution to our broken immigration system will strengthen national security and enhance safety in communities across our country. The sooner we can move in this direction and achieve these goals, the better.”

Sheriff Larry Amerson, Calhoun County, Ala.:
“I will convey to the people of Calhoun County and America’s Sheriffs what I learn from this meeting.  It’s important for the public to trust law enforcement and be able to call on them when assistance is needed, no matter where they are from or what their nationality is. It is also critical for Americans to know that real action will be taken to address this important issue.”

Sheriff Leroy Baca, Los Angeles County, Calif.:
“America needs to come to grips with the truth that it needs legalized, documented workers. This country also depends on undocumented workers in many of our vital industries. It is time to move forward with real reform when it comes to all of our immigration issues. And we need to do it sooner rather than later.”

Commissioner Robert Haas, Cambridge, Mass.:
“It’s important for the public to trust the officers in their community and be able to call on them when they need help. This relationship is compromised when otherwise law-abiding people are afraid to call police or share information about a crime out of fear of deportation. We’re looking to Washington for help. Immigration reform will strengthen trust in communities across the country, leading to greater security for all.”

Michael Masters, Executive Director, Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Cook County, Ill.:
“From my experience as Executive Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Cook County, Illinois, I know that there is no time like the present to find a solution to immigration reform. This path will certainly enhance the safety in our communities.”

Sheriff Ted Sexton, Tuscaloosa County, Ala.:
“We need help in Washington so that we can focus on catching criminals, rather than sacrificing priorities to play the role of immigration agent. Immigration reform will strengthen security in communities across the country, and finally seek answers to questions we have raised.”

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