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Chief Acevedo Weighs In On Immigration Issue

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT
The U.S. Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill that promises to give 11 million people who are currently living here illegally a path to citizenship.

The bi-partisan measure also adds $46 billion for increased border security and expands the number of visas for migrant farm workers and highly skilled workers. But House Speaker John Boehner says he has no plans to introduce it in the House.

He says the Republican majority will consider its own bill. And this morning, Austin’s police chief is urging lawmakers to put safety and “good policy” over politics.

Blocking traffic on one of Austin’s busiest streets to call attention to an issue many say has gone unresolved for too long.

"People are dying on our border," said one protestor at Thursday’s immigration reform protest on 6th street. Police later arrested 5 people at that protest.

That same day, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo spoke out on the immigration reform issue himself, tweeting a link to an editorial he wrote for the Austin American-Statesman Thursday.

As the immigration debate moves forward, he calls for lawmakers to "reject proposals that would turn police officers into immigration agents", specifically calling out parts of the House's SAFE Act he says "would compel law enforcement officers to engage in immigration enforcement activities or risk losing federal funding".

He says if witnesses and victims are afraid of deportation, they won't come forward, and Austin police will lose a major asset in preventing crime and getting criminals off the streets. Chief Acevedo also calls into question who would pay for any extra enforcement.
Chief Acevedo Weighs In On Immigration Issue

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