Should Police Enforce Immigration Laws?

Pittsburgh police ordered to leave immigration enforcement to FEDS


PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh’s immigrant community is small, but growing and becoming more visible in neighborhoods like Beechview and Brookline.

Pittsburgh police say a person’s immigration status is no longer their business.

“We want to make sure that we’re not terrifying that individual or stepping across that fine line of racial profiling,” Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper said.

Harper recently issued new guidelines to his officers to no longer check the immigration status of a person and to leave enforcement of immigration laws to federal officers. Harper says police need good relations with the immigrant community and should not be feared.

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