Michael Masters, Executive Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Cook County, IL, will join senior law enforcement officials from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and former New York, Los Angeles, and Boston Police Chief Bill Bratton Wednesday at the White House, where they will discuss strides made in securing US borders, immigration issues affecting local police forces, and the need for comprehensive reform.
Masters and front line law enforcement officials will talk about the roles, responsibilities, concerns and impact of local police serving communities with immigrant populations.
“It’s important for the public to trust law enforcement, and be able to call on them when needed. This relationship is compromised when otherwise law-abiding people do not contact the police because they are afraid of deportation” Masters said.
The sheriffs and chiefs will have the opportunity to inform officials such as Former Chief Bill Bratton, IACP President Craig T. Steckler, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, DHS Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Alan Bersin, Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West, and Director of White House Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz about the successes and challenges in their local jurisdictions. They also will be briefed on current policy and programs.
A bipartisan group of senators have released a framework for broad immigration reform including a conditional path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, reforms to the legal immigration system based upon the needs of the economy, creation of an employment verification system, and an improved process for admitting future workers.
“We need help in Washington so we can focus on catching criminals, rather than sacrificing priorities to play the role of immigration agent,” Masters said. “Progressive immigration reform will strengthen security in communities across the country.”