By Paul Schmitt
More and more law enforcement leaders around the United States are speaking out on keeping local police out of enforcing the immigration laws of the federal government. Reportedly several police chiefs in Northeastern Wisconsin have sent signed letters to Congress urging “a constructive immigration enforcement approach that prioritizes criminals and not peaceful residents.” Kewaunee Police Chief Frank Salentine says he agrees with them.
Although local law enforcement does not enforce federal immigration laws, Salentine says federal authorities should be contacted if an illegal immigrant is arrested for a serious offense. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has been holding hearings this past week in Washington, D.C. discussing immigration enforcement.