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Police Chiefs Object to Trump Enlisting Them in Deportation Efforts

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By    |   Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 12:42 PM

Police chiefs from across the United States are protesting the White House's attempt to make them become more involved in deporting illegal immigrants, saying it makes their communities less safe, The Guardian reported on Wednesday.

Those objecting to the police's new role include many chiefs from states won by President Donald Trump in the election, demonstrating that the objection is coming not only from areas where liberals are more dominant.

In a letter signed by 61 current and former local police chiefs, they make plain their objection to Trump's policy.

"Immigration enforcement is, first and foremost, a federal responsibility. We believe we can best serve our communities by leaving the enforcement of immigration laws to the federal government," according to the letter.

They emphasize that being forced into "new and sometimes problematic tasks undermines the delicate federal balance and will harm locally-based, community-oriented policing."

Trump has promised to deport millions of illegal immigrants by widening the definition of those who should be forced out, boosting the number of federal immigration agents and detention centers, and utilizing local police forces for the task.

The letter also appeals to the White House to rescind its threat to penalize sanctuary cities that are resisting the crackdown on illegal aliens, warning that holding back funds from such areas "would not make our communities safer."

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Police chiefs from across the United States are protesting the White House's attempt to make them become more involved in deporting illegal immigrants, saying it makes their communities less safe, The Guardian reported on Wednesday.
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