A well founded fear: The GRPD and the Immigrant Community

A well founded fear: The GRPD and the Immigrant Community
by Jeff Smith (GRIID)
Nearly two weeks ago, the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan hosted a forum with some elected officials and Grand Rapids City staff to address concerns from the Latino/a community about immigration policy and law enforcement.
READ MORE HERE – https://griid.org/2017/03/06/a-well-founded-fear-the-grpd-and-the-immigrant-community/

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

Nearly two weeks ago, the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan hosted a forum with some elected officials and Grand Rapids City staff to address concerns from the Latino/a community about immigration policy and law enforcement.screen-shot-2017-03-06-at-2-19-08-am

A few days ago, Michigan Radio interviewed Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky about that forum and his take on how local law enforcement should respond to the most recent concerns over immigration status.

The interview is instructive and should raise concerns amongst the immigrant community and those who stand in solidarity with them. While Rahinsky implores the immigrant community to not be afraid to call the GRPD, he makes some statements that would not reduce the level of fear the immigrant community has of law enforcement agencies.

In response to the question of what constitutes a sanctuary city, Rahinsky said,If an agency arrests someone who is here illegally and books them into…

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