Tell Your State Lawmakers to Encourage State and Local Law Enforcement Cooperation

Cooperation with Federal immigration officials is simply smart public policy. Here's why:

  • It Promotes Public Safety. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, roughly 2.1 million criminal aliens are living in the U.S., many of whom are deportable. When state and local officers ignore or fail to contact federal immigration officials, criminal aliens are able to reenter communities and engage in further criminal activity at the expense and safety of citizens and lawful residents.
  • It's Essential to Thwarting National Security Threats. It is no secret that Americans face serious threats from terrorist organizations. With an incredibly porous border, interior enforcement is needed to pick up where border security leaves off. Given federal immigration authorities’ limited resources, federal agents rely on intelligence provided by state and local law enforcement to detect and notify them of illegal aliens of national security concern.
  • It Saves Taxpayer Money. In 2013, the estimated costs of illegal immigration nationally totaled over $113 billion, with $84 billion absorbed by state and local taxpayers. Public resources are best used when federal officials can obtain custody of criminal aliens at the time they are apprehended by state and local law enforcement instead of releasing them back onto the streets only to be caught again.

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