Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard reacted to the deeply troubling findings of a new survey of Latino attitudes towards law enforcement in Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Phoenix. In a poll conducted by Lake Research Partners, 44% of respondents said they would now be unlikely to contact police if they were victims of a crime because of concerns about officers questioning their immigration status or the status of people they know. The figure rises to 70% among those Latinos who are undocumented. Congresswoman Roybal-Allard said the results highlight the negative impact on public safety of the 287(g) and Secure Communities immigration enforcement programs.
"The results of this scientific survey clearly show that local police shouldn't be in the business of enforcing our immigration laws," said Rep. Roybal-Allard. "As the Los Angeles Police Department has said repeatedly, when immigrant and minority communities fear the cops who patrol their streets, fewer witnesses come forward and more victims choose to suffer in silence. That makes all of us less safe. We should end federal partnerships with local law enforcement, like the deeply flawed 287(g) and Secure Communities programs, while Congress works to overhaul our broken immigration system."
In December, Congresswoman Roybal-Allard led the Congressional Hispanic, Black, Asian American and Progressive Caucuses in sending a letter to the Department of Homeland Security urging Secretary Janet Napolitano to end the 287(g) program.