County against any role on immigration enforcement

Created: 04/23/2014 8:43 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The Dona Ana County Commission is on record as saying it doesn't want the southern New Mexico county or local authorities in the county enforcing federal immigration laws.

A non-binding resolution approved by the commission on a 4-1 vote Tuesday calls for the county to establish clear policies "that leave enforcement of immigration laws to federal agencies."

The resolution also urges other local jurisdictions throughout the county to do the same.

The Las Cruces Suns-News reports that the resolution doesn't mention the county Sheriff's Office by name but that a civil-rights group recently accused the Sheriff's Office of enforcing federal immigration laws.

The Sheriff's Office denies that. It says its personnel don't act as federal agents and aren't trained to be federal agents.

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