Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis told a top U.S. Department of Justice official this week his suggestion that federal crime-fighting assistance for the city is contingent on local policies for immigrant detainees was “perplexing,” given the city does not control its jail.
Davis also said linking crime assistance to immigration policies is “concerning” and “sends the wrong message” to immigrant communities in Baltimore.
“Public safety depends on all communities, regardless of immigration status, having trust in law enforcement,” Davis wrote. “Without this trust, immigrants may be less likely to communicate with the police, report crimes, or seek assistance upon becoming a victim.”
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