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Española council to vote on restricting police on determining immigration status

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Española City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday night (Oct. 27) on amendments to police department policy to expand protections against racial profiling or other kind of bias and adding restrictions on the use of officer time to determine anyone’s immigration status.

New wording says police department personnel “shall not initiate, prolong or expand the scope or duration of an investigatory or enforcement activity in order to determine or inquire about an individual’s immigration status based on the individual’s race, protected class, or any other unprotected class, ethnicity, color, national origin or language.”

According to a news release, Somos Española, a local affiliate of the Santa Fe-based Somos Un Pueblo Unido immigrant rights group, “has worked with city officials for over a year on the new policy in an effort to strengthen the relationship between local police and the immigrant community.”


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