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US police call for immigration reform

US police chiefs on Wednesday called on President Barack Obama to pass comprehensive immigration reform Immigration reform is the common term used in political discussions regarding changes to immigration policy. In a certain sense, reform can be general enough to include promoted, expanded, or open immigration, but in reality discussions of reform often deal with the aspect of  as a crucial move to improve security.

Police leaders convening in Miami, Florida “Miami” redirects here. For the Native American tribe, see Miami tribe.

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 urged the White House to pass immigration reform and pressed for their voices to be heard in the debate.

"It is crucial that the law enforcement perspective be considered in any debate on immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important. ," said Miami police chief John Timoney John F. Timoney (born c. 1948) is the current (as of 2006) Chief of Police of Miami. On June 19, 2007 he was elected to head the Police Executive Research Forum for a period of two years, replacing LA Police Chief William Bratton. .

"Immigrant victims and witnesses of violent crimes will not come forward if they fear their local police will deport de·port  
tr.v. de·port·ed, de·port·ing, de·ports
1. To expel from a country. See Synonyms at banish.

2. To behave or conduct (oneself) in a given manner; comport.

"This affects everyone as it hampers law enforcement efforts to thwart criminal activity in our neighborhoods," he said.

In late June Obama opened the debate on immigration reform, saying he wants to "recognize and legalize le·gal·ize  
tr.v. le·gal·ized, le·gal·iz·ing, le·gal·iz·es
To make legal or lawful; authorize or sanction by law.

" undocumented immigrants in the United States.

He announced that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano would join congressional leaders to form a working group on immigration reform which would work on proposals to "secure our borders" and offer the millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States a chance to obtain legal status.

Art Acevedo, the police chief of Austin, Texas, and the head of the National Latino Peace Officers Association said reforming the system would lead to better police enforcement.

"One of the greatest challenges facing American law enforcement is a community of 12 million potential victims and witnesses of crime who live in the shadows of fear and are hesitant to cooperate with law enforcement," he said.

"Comprehensive immigration reform will lead to enhanced safety and security for everyone."
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Date:Jul 1, 2009
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