'Protocol' eyed in Farmington immigrant checks
Posted at: 09/20/2012 7:49 AM
By: The Associated Press
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - An immigrant advocacy group is asking Farmington police to provide a clear protocol on when officers will ask for an individual's immigration status.
The Farmington Daily Times reports that Somos un Pueblo Unido, a Santa Fe-based organization, presented this week to the city's Citizen Police Advisory Committee on reasons why it felt a clear protocol was needed.
The group says after news spread that Farmington police had asked for help from federal immigration agents, some immigrant residents became reluctant in reporting crimes.
Farmington Police Chief Kyle Westall says his department's policy is clear, but is willing to change some of the wording if necessary after a review.
Westall said that he invited Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to the Farmington area to assist in combating drug trafficking.
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