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News Posted on March 29, 2017

Dean Johnson Comments for Media on Local Authorities and Immigration

Dean Kevin R. Johnson commented for attn. on the ways in which local authorities are responding to the Trump administration’s efforts to seek increased cooperation in immigration enforcement.  Dean Johnson said that local law enforcement agencies have differing standards regarding immigration detention, and many are wary that increased immigration duties will detract from their ability to address other priorities.

"The basic concern is that local police are more interested in enforcing the criminal justice laws in their jurisdictions than they are in assisting federal immigration enforcement," Johnson said. "They're very worried about being perceived as being part of the immigration enforcement machinery, because if they are viewed by the immigrants in the community as being part of immigration enforcement, it's going to be much more difficult to ensure the trust in the immigrant community that's necessary to get cooperation for reporting crimes, being witnesses in trials for crimes, and generally trying to help the police fight crime."

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.