For most of us, the term “police” conjures images of protection and help. In times of crises, police provide comfort and allay fear.
But for some in the immigrant community the adjective can evoke fear and mistrust, particularly during these highly charged political times. Should an immigration agent be allowed to identify himself as a police officer? Right now, it’s perfectly legal, but should it be?
That’s the question being raised by immigration advocacy groups right now. They argue that such action hurts the years of work they’ve done fostering relationships between communities and law enforcement. Crime victims and witnesses will be less likely to contact the police.
Their cause has garnered the attention of a NY congresswoman, who has introduced a bill that would bar ICE agents and officers from wearing clothing that uses the label “police.” The proposal would also cover U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents.
What do you think?