Police chiefs group opposes Trump policy detaining immigrant families

Police chiefs group opposes Trump policy detaining immigrant families
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Dozens of law enforcement officials from both parties wrote an open letter to top lawmakers on Wednesday urging them to adopt alternatives to the Trump administration’s policy of detaining immigrant families.

Forty-eight current and former police chiefs and sheriffs, all members of the pro-immigration Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force (LEITF), signed the letter against the policy detaining immigrant families.

LEITF launched in 2015 and is backed by the National Immigration Forum.

The officials wrote that while they were encouraged by President TrumpDonald John TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say MORE's order ending the policy of separating immigrant families at the border, they "do not believe that across-the-board family detention is the solution to family separation."

"Most families do not pose a threat to the community at large and, accordingly, our juvenile detention system is designed around keeping the family together,” the letter reads.

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The letter noted “risks to children’s physical and emotional development posed by prolonged detention,” and stated that "most" families “pose no threat to their communities.”

The officials also highlighted a cancelled Obama-era pilot program meant to keep immigrant families together and out of detention as a possible solution. The Trump administration cancelled the program last year, citing high costs.

The letter is addressed to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Dem candidate says he faced cultural barriers on the campaign trail because he is working-class Former House candidate and ex-ironworker says there is 'buyer's remorse' for Trump in Midwest Head of top hedge fund association to step down MORE (R), House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump's intraparty feuds divide Republicans House leaders need to modernize Congress for the sake of America 4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll MORE (D), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRock the Vote President says Dem reform bill 'shines a light' on dark money The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's intraparty feuds divide Republicans Trump's attacks on McCain exacerbate tensions with Senate GOP MORE (R) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar MORE (D).

The Trump administration faced widespread criticism for the policy separating immigrant families when they were detained for illegally crossing the border before Trump signed an executive order last week to end the practice.

Questions remain on how immigrant families will be detained together in the future. The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection ordered staff to stop referring immigrant parents with children for prosecution after Trump's order.

The official, Kevin McAleenan, said that the "zero tolerance" policy — which requires all people caught illegally crossing the border face prosecution — is still in place, but that the prosecutions had to be temporarily halted as a result of the order.