Letter: Immigration enforcement can undercut police work

Mar 15, 2017

The fact that Mukilteo “city police already operate under a policy of not asking about immigration status” is simply not enough (“Sanctuary city issue divides council,” March 8).

I think we also need a City Council resolution that explicitly advises our city police not to become involved with enforcing federal laws relating to immigration.

According to the Police Foundation, local police can feel torn between a desire to cooperate with federal authorities and a desire to maintain the trust of all members of the community.

This can raise a host of other concerns that should resonate with the majority of Mukilteo residents. These include potential impacts on city resources and budget, public civility and safety, and possibly even a civil lawsuit.

Call it whatever you like, a timely resolution from the City Council on this matter could help our police do their jobs better and could be good for our city.

 

Laura McCarty Johnson
Mukilteo
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