Police Chief Sees Benefits in IDing People Living in the US Illegally
BROWNSVILLE – The Brownsville police chief said he would like to see those who have entered the country illegally be allowed to get proper identification during their time in the U.S.
He said it would create more accountability and help police officers identity who exactly they’re dealing with.
Brownsville Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez said all forms of identification are used on a daily basis. He said the problem comes when people don’t have any form of ID and officers can’t do their job.
“How can you take someone’s word that they are going to appear in court when they don’t have an identification to track them down? That’s where people get into trouble no matter who they are,” he said.
Rodriguez said he believes everyone who lives in the U.S. should have the right to obtain some form of identification regardless of immigration status.
Brownsville police policy states officers are not allowed to ask about a person’s immigration status. If a person ends up in jail, Rodriguez said their immigration status could come up in the system.
“We support any form of identification that says who you are. If you can show an officer who you are, he or she is probably going to cite you and release you,” the police chief said. “When people get booked for crimes, we do have Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents that come every day to review our jail log and our detainees.”
Rodriguez said officers will continue to use their discretion while out on patrol. He said it’s not feasible for them to enforce immigration laws.
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